Indictments handed down for cannabis knock-off drug
In what has been widely termed synthetic marijuana, 18 people have been arrested and six have been indicted in an alleged production and distribution ring operating in Texas and Oklahoma for a drug designed to mimic cannabis, according to KBTX.
Prosecutors say a five-count federal indictment was unsealed Wednesday in Austin for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute the drug.
Federal investigators say the cases involve the drug being sold in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Dallas and Laredo, plus Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Although termed as synthetic marijuana, the drug is nothing like the cannabis plant, and unlike marijuana, which is non-toxic, there has been a litany of disastrous results from consuming this knock-off drug.
As government officials scramble to try and make the new drug illegal, producers are usually one step ahead, constantly altering the chemical makeup of the drug so as to not run afoul of the law.
A Killeen man recently had charges dropped against him for possessing and selling the substance after it was found that the detective falsified reports. Federal agents arrested a man two days ago on the same charge out of Dallas.
Critics of cannabis prohibition often claim that if cannabis were not illegal, dangerous knock-off drugs such as this would largely cease to exist and be a problem.
By: Stephen Carter
Stephen can be reached by email at TXCann@gmail.com