POSTED: Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 10:20am
Longview, TX — Synthetic marijuana is back in the spotlight after recent incidents in Texas and Louisiana.
A Cypress teen suffered a series of strokes that left her brain-damaged, blind and paralyzed, and a Louisiana man said he cut his pregnant wife and killed his unborn baby while under the influence of synthetic marijuana.
Despite this past year’s ban on the substance, area law enforcement and drug specialists said manufacturers have found an end-run to the law, and young people are still using the dangerous cocktail of chemicals.
“They just keep changing the formula to stay ahead of the laws,” said Longview Police Department spokeswoman Kristie Brian. “When K2 was outlawed, they just created another substance. That’s what makes it so hard to arrest and prosecute people.”
Texas lawmakers banned a version of the drug — which was previously available at gas stations, tobacco shops and online — setting penalties ranging from misdemeanors to felonies for possessing, selling or manufacturing the drug.
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