AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Texas House passed a bill banning K2 or spice, a synthetic marijuana KXAN Austin News told you about last summer. We found the fake pot sold as incense at some smoke shops, online and even in convenience stores. Doctors told us they were concerned because of the potentially dangerous health effects of K2.
The Texas Department of State Health Services outlawed the fake pot last month after the Drug Enforcement Agency issued an emergency ban for a year.
If Governor Rick Perry signs the bill into law, it will make the possession of K2 a misdemeanor, but manufacturers and sellers would be charged with a felony. The ban would go into effect immediately.
State Senator Florence Shapiro of Plano and State Representative Jerry Madden who represents part of Collin County north of Dallas sponsored the bill.
"After working with a host of important partners in law enforcement, the medical community, education, and other community-minded organizations, I am grateful that our year of work together has come to fruition in such a significant way," said Senator Shapiro.
The bill will make six subclasses of synthetic cannabinoids that street chemists have been using to create a series of very harmful legal drugs illegal. The bill creates a new Penalty Group 2-A to regulate the substances.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.