Synthetic Marijuana Continues to be Sold After Being Outlawed
RIO GRANDE VALLEY — Synthetic marijuana continues to be sold over the counter, in the Valley, one year after the state outlawed the drug. Local law enforcement agencies report seeing more of the drug, known as Spice or K2, and say it is becoming increasingly popular among teens as Brownsville Police Officer J.J. Trevino states, "You see it in a younger crowd, not that an older crowd wouldn't use it, but mainly because it appears to be marijuana. It is being used as such so you get to see it in a younger type of crowd." The drug contains no THC, but the side effects include chest pain, agitation, nausea and hallucinations.