- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston City Council has passed a sweeping ban on synthetic marijuana, outlawing its sale and use.

The Houston Chronicle (https://bit.ly/Zu8Gma ) reports the goal of the ban passed unanimously on Wednesday is to choke off the supply by targeting the way it’s marketed and labeled. Synthetic marijuana is often labeled “potpourri” or “herbal incense.”

The several ways the ordinance makes the synthetic drug illegal include if it’s presented as incense but contains ingredients not related to incense.

Enforcement will begin immediately, with each packet carrying a fine of up to $2,000.

Police have struggled to enforce a 2011 state law against the product because it targets the products’ chemical makeup, which dealers tweak to avoid prosecution.

The federal government has labeled Houston a key market and source of synthetic marijuana.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, https://www.houstonchronicle.com

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