Lawmakers want to ban synthetic marijuana

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas lawmakers hope to ban the production, sale and possession of six forms of synthetic marijuana in legislation they say would be the most comprehensive in the nation.

Legislation announced Wednesday seeks to ban new chemical compounds that mimic THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana. Chemists spray the chemicals on herbs and then sell them under a variety of brand names to be smoked. There are hundreds of different chemical formulations that attach to chemical receptors in the brain and make people high, and many are already banned.

State Sen. Florence Shapiro and state Rep. Jerry Madden, Republican lawmakers from Plano, introduced legislation to ban six currently unregulated sub-classes of these compounds that make up most of the products currently sold across the state.

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