A Texas senator wants to beef up the Lone Star State's synthetic pot ban.
Synthetic marijuana is already illegal in Texas, sort of.
The legality of the product depends on chemical composition and only certain chemical structures are listed as controlled substances in the Lone Star State.
Texas District 28 Senator Charles Perry wants to change that.
"In shops across the state, dangerous synthetic drugs are being sold to our youth, over the counter without repercussions," Perry said in a press release. "These drugs are unregulated and more dangerous than the illegal counterparts they seek to imitate."
A San Antonio Police Department spokesperson recently told us that chemical compounds change so frequently, in an effort to get around the law, that consumers have no possible way to know what they are actually purchasing and ingesting.
Adverse effects of the drug include hallucination, severe agitation, elevated heart rate, elevated blood pressure, chest pains, blackouts, tremors, seizures, cardiac infarction, and according to Perry's press release, even death.
The bill would add more chemical compounds to the Texas Controlled Substances act and would include a "catch all" provision for drugs with "substantially similar chemical composition or intended to produce substantially similar effects."
You can read more about synthetic marijuana in this week's cover story
Here's a copy of the bill Perry filed: