The state of texas has banned the sell use and distribution of synthetic herbs such as K2 Incense, and Spice.
Reasons for the ban are being cited as due to poor manufacturing of Products that caused many users to call in to the Texas Poison Center Network they have received an estimated 600 calls in since January 2010 relating to K2 exposure. The Texas Department of State Health Services is following several other states in outlawing synthetic marijuana products.
More specifically the state law will ban herbal blends that contain the following D.E.A. country wide banned substances, five chemicals, JWH -018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol that are found in K2 were placed on the Schedule. All of which are being claimed as highly abusive and dangerous to public health.
Persons found guilty of a Class A misdemeanor are subject to a fine not to exceed $4,000 and/or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year. Persons found guilty of a Class B misdemeanor are subject to a fine not to exceed $2,000 and/or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days.
While doing research very little information was discovered concerning hard evidence other then isolated incidents of people calling into poison centers for the justification for such a ban. Pro-active action should be taken by the industry leaders to propose a self-impose regulation on method of production in order to limit the amount and type of synthetic cannaboids being introduced into herbal blends. Those deemed more experimental should be avoided. Moreover, more stringent control should be imposed on the sell of cannaboids by producers limited sale to those that meet specific safety guidelines. This would naturally deter bargain basement operations, however, the herbal incenses being produced by such operators are often unsafe and dangerous causing users to OD, adding unneeded attention to the industry by government regulators (i.e. DEA).