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Synthetic marijuana still causing trouble for East Texas cities

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Its highly addictive, but always labeled 'not for human consumption.' Its highly addictive, but always labeled 'not for human consumption.'
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Some East Texas businesses that sold it have voluntarily shut down, but police say the problem with synthetic marijuana is not going away.

Synthetic marijuana is highly addictive, but always labeled 'not for human consumption.'

Recently, Longview businesses that sell synthetic marijuana were targeted by undercover officers.

"We actually gave out citations to the clerks of the businesses, five total. All these businesses were selling synthetic marijuana." says Longview police officer Kristie Brian.

Charles Murchison of Pritchett, whose 24-year-old son became addicted, has been on a three year mission to stop the sale of of the drug, commonly known as K2.

"My son did, and a lot of other kids I know around here did. The tickets that they wrote now is something that they could have done three years ago because it's already been known to work in other counties," Murchison says.

The problem is, though most cities have ordinances and the state bans some ingredients, it always find its way back.

"We combat it and they change the formulas and repackage it. It depends on how its packaged - if we can use the deceptive business practices ordinance," Brian says.

Cities have held meetings on how to identify the latest hybrids of the product and how to stop its sale.

"I'll take another black eye to stop one sale of synthetic marijuana," Murchison says.

"Like any drug they get hooked on it. Hallucinations, Heart attack, can't remember. Just a bad deal, " says Brian.

Texas banned certain chemicals in synthetic drugs, like synthetic marijuana in 2011, but simply changing the ingredients puts the drug back on shelves for legal sale.

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