Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, and the City of Houston today won temporary restraining orders banning the sale of the synthetic marijuana product known as Kush in two Houston area stores.
The TRO’s were issued against stores that do business as Brothers Market and Meat Mart and Fantasy Smoking and Accessories as well as the owners and operators of these businesses and the owners of the properties where they are located. The orders were issued today by Judge Jaclanel McFarland.
“Kush may sound like an innocuous substance but it is extremely dangerous,” said County Attorney Ryan. “Ingesting these substances can cause paranoia, psychotic episodes, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts. People who have ingested Kush have suffered paralysis, brain damage, heart attacks and even death.”
Synthetic marijuana is a designer drug, often manufactured overseas, that 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. The added chemicals are intended to mimic the biological effects of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.