State Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, took her fight against synthetic marijuana to FOX News this morning.
Shapiro has announced her intention to introduce legislation next session to ban a synthetic substance known as K2 that produces a result similar to (if not stronger than) marijuana. The K2 package warns that it is not for human consumption, but Shapiro says that's how it's being used. "They are smoking it in bongs. They are using it in other ways, and we are very concerned about the public health risk that comes along with it," Shapiro said.
Already, seven states and the U.S. Army have banned K2. In Texas, Shapiro said, "You can get it ... in gas stations, hooka lounges, tobacco stores — they're selling it everywhere."
Here's the full clip of her Fox & Friends appearance:
Texas lawmakers aren't the only ones curious about K2 use. The editors of Asylum.com took it upon themselves to test the product and record the experience (for educational purposes, of course). While under its influence, they found it to be "like Splenda" as compared to more natural alternatives. Here is that video:
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