The Texas Department of State Health Services is outlawing marijuana-like substances that are found in synthetic marijuana products such as K2 and Spice. The ban is set to become effective April 22.
The DSHS has made it illegal to manufacture, distribute, possess or sell the substances. Penalties for breaking these laws are Class A or B misdemeanors.
The substances, often marketed as herbal incense, produce effects similiar to those of smoking marijuana.
The substances have been readily available through smoke shops, gas stations and the internet.
Since January 2010, approximately 600 calls were made to the Texas Poison Center Network related to K2 exposure. Reported adverse effects associated with use of these marijuana-like substances include chest pain, heart palpitations, agitation, drowsiness, hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and confusion.