What is K2, Spice or Synthetic Marijuana?
Synthetic Marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice and often marketed as herbal incense can be described as a psychoactive designer drug. This substance is made of natural, non controlled herbs that get their alleged cannabis like qualities after being treated with various chemicals. Labeling it as synthetic marijuana is actually a misnomer since neither organic THC nor man made THC is contained in the ingredients.
It has been shown that K2 can cause harmful side effects such as elevated blood pressure, rapid heart rates, seizures and blackouts. Synthetic Marijuana has been sold and is continuing to be sold in smoke shops, some convenience stores and on the internet. When these products first hit the market it was not illegal to sell, distribute or consume them. That is not the case now. It is Illegal in Williamson County, the State of Texas and elsewhere in the U.S. to market or use this substance. On July 10, 2012 President Barack Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 into law. This bans the same chemical compounds found in synthetic marijuana making manufacture, sale, distribution and/or possession a federal offense as well.
New Laws on Synthetic Marijuana
Texas House Bill 2118 and Senate Bill 331, effective September 1, 2011 added the chemicals used in K2 to the Texas Controlled Substances Act. Many sellers of synthetic marijuana were able to avoid prosecution by slightly altering the chemical compounds in the makeup of K2. As of Sept 1, 2015 this will no longer be possible. The legislature has included 1000 possible chemical compounds to the illegal substances list. Because many people in Texas are not aware of these new drug laws they can find themselves facing serious drug charges incurring jail or prison time.
If you are charged with manufacture and sale of this controlled substance in the State of Texas you will be facing criminal charges varying from a Class B misdemeanor to a felony of the first degree, depending on the amount of the synthetic substance. For more information on the penalties including jail time for these offenses, see drug penalties in Texas.
What is the Drug Known as Bath Salts?
Bath salts are the informal street name for another type of so called designer drug. This substance contains chemicals which, when ingested, mimic the effects of a combination of amphetamines and cocaine. They resemble the white crystals contained in Epsom salts but are in no way chemically related to actual bath salts or bathing products. They have proven to be very dangerous and have also been added to the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012.
New Drug Laws in Texas
Chapter 481, referred to as the Texas Controlled Substances Act, classifies all controlled substances into Penalty Groups One though Four, with Group One having the most serious consequences to Group Four with lesser penalties. The new law created Penalty Group 2-A, which added any quantity of a synthetic chemical compound that is a cannabinoid receptor mimicking the effects of naturally occurring cannabinoids, which include substances such as synthetic marijuana, spice and K2 to the list of banned substances. Marijuana possession is a separate offense in Texas making the possession of a substance listed on Penalty Group 2-A potentially much greater than simple marijuana possession.
Synthetic Marijuana Defense Lawyers
If you need criminal drug offense representation or more information on synthetic marijuana sale or possession call The Dick Law Firm. We have been defending citizens of Williamson County and Central Texas against drug offense charges for more than 15 years. The team of attorneys at The Dick Law Firm consists of former prosecutors and former DA's and are board-certified specialists in criminal law, certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This is a commitment shared by less than 2% of all lawyers in the State of Texas. 512-930-2120.