Cracking down on K2 in Amarillo

NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Local law enforcement are now cracking down on the use of a  marijuana-like substance called K2.

A recent NewsChannel 10 report prompted local police to take action when the substances found in K2 were banned by the Texas Department of State Health Services on April 22nd.

At the time, police were unaware of the role they would play in enforcing the ban.

Today, a special news conference was held to announce that the sale and use of K2 is illegal, effective immediately.

Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas says, "We want to make sure that the public is aware and people selling it are aware that we will be enforcing that. We will be making visits to places that we know are selling it, so if they have it on their shelves, they need to make sure they get it off."

It is a Class A Misdemeanor to manufacture or sell K2, or other products containing the five synthetic substances banned. It is a Class B Misdemeanor to possess them.

Both can result in a monetary fine and time behind bars.