15 de Diciembre de 2014
Senator Charles Perry recently filed SB 199 to prohibit the sale and use of synthetic drugs in the State of Texas. Locally, 229th Judicial District Attorney Omar Escobar also recently pushed for ordinances that ban the use and distribution of such substances.
“I continue the fight against synthetic marijuana (k2/kush) and nitrous oxide (whipits). I have proposed ordinances to the Starr County Judge Eloy Vera and Commissioners in an effort to make the possession, distribution and use of these substances illegal,” states Escobar in a recent statement.
In previous Sessions, the legislature has passed similar bans, but manufactures have repeatedly changed the chemical makeup of their drugs to skirt the law.
“In shops across the state, dangerous synthetic drugs are being sold to our youth, over the counter without repercussions,” said Senator Perry. “These drugs are unregulated and more dangerous than the illegal counterparts they seek to imitate.”
Due to the complex chemical combinations, these substances have been known to produce side effects including hallucination, severe agitation, elevated heart rate and/or blood pressure, chest pains, blackouts, tremors, seizures, cardiac infarction, and in some cases death.
SB 199 will add additional known chemicals to the Texas Controlled Substance act and include a controlled substance analogue provision that will act as a ‘catch all’ for drugs with substantially similar chemical composition or intended to produce substantially similar effects.