Narcotics officer says "Fake pot" ban will do little to slow East Texas drug war

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Some say it is a better high than marijuana.  They're herbal blends used to get high and they were legal and sold locally, but now the Drug Enforcement Agency has used their authority to stop the sale of fake pot.

An Angelina County narcotics officer says the DEA's action will likely do little to slow the local war on drugs.

Sgt. Allen Hill works to identify drugs seized Monday morning.  In the future, he'll have to be on the lookout for another drug.

"It worries me that it reaches the kids because it does alter their state of mind," said the narcotics officer.

K-2, Spice, Blaze and Red X Dawn are all herbal blends with a marijuana-like high and they're marketed as "legal."

However, the DEA announced now they are no longer legal. The agency is temporarily controlling the chemicals used to make the "fake pot" so they can study whether the products should be permanently controlled.

"It makes you wonder what idiot came up with it and said hey, lets smoke this and see what it does to us, but you know, somebody tried mushrooms for the first time, somebody invented meth, the chemist came up with PCP," said Hill.

Hill is concerned the "fake pot" is a gateway drug targeted toward young people.

"You'll smoke a cigarette, then they'll drink a little beer and then they'll smoke this, I get high, it lowers your judgement and you try something else and it leads them off to the dark side," explained Hill.

While some stores have already pulled the "fake weed," there are some Lufkin shops that still have the product on their shelves and say it sells well.

How law enforcement attacks the drug will depend on future legislation.

"If the feds make it against federal law, it's kind of like Sudafedrin If we catch someone with a lot of Sudafedrin, as of yet, it's not against state law, but we can still seize it and turn it over to the feds to see if they wish to prosecute it," said Hill.

Some cities have already banned the "fake pot," but so far there's nothing on the books in Lufkin.

"You stop this, they're going to come up with something else," said Hill. "Somehow, we're not reaching these children, our message isn't right. Is it problems at home? If that's what their parents are doing, then they tend to do the same thing, you can't save them all."

However, the federal government says for at least a year, the fake weed is illegal.

Hill said when it comes to your kids, parents need to get involved and watch their behavior.

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