Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, joined by city officials and the Attorney General’s Office, won a restraining order against Texas Tobacco and Smoke Shop to stop the sale of synthetic marijuana, an illegal drug known on the streets as “Kush.”
On Wednesday, January 19th, Judge Jeff Shadwick, 55th Civil District Court, ordered the owners of the Texas Tobacco and Smoke Shop located at 5300 Telephone Road to immediately cease selling any synthetic marijuana. In August, officers with Houston Police Department Narcotics Division conducted an undercover narcotics investigation at the shop. During the investigation, the officer purchased 25 bags of Kush as well as “Dro”, the street term for hydroponic marijuana. When officers returned to the store with a search warrant, they found the drugs stored in unmarked, white bags, a common practice in order to circumvent law enforcement.
Synthetic marijuana, or Kush, is a designer drug typically manufactured overseas and is marketed as a “safe” and “legal” alternative to marijuana. Synthetic marijuana is not marijuana at all but a dried leafy substance that is sprayed with powerful, added-in hallucinogenic chemicals that are dangerous and highly addictive to the user. All it takes is one time for the person to experience a significant health crisis. It is often sold in colorful packets, with flavors such as strawberry and blueberry, in order to appeal to children, and is the second most abused drug by high school students, after marijuana itself. It is also illegal in Texas.
“My office will continue to work with law enforcement, the Attorney General’s Office, and city officials to send the message to store owners these dangerous designer drugs will not be tolerated in Harris County.” County Attorney Ryan said.
The next hearing in this case is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on January 26, 2017.
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