John Gillespie, Chief Felony Prosecutor for the Wichita County District Attorney’s office, vowed to personally prosecute any persons charged with driving while impaired by K2 Wednesday, according to an article in the Wichita Falls Times and Record News newspaper.
Gillespie also granted an interview to Channel 3 television news and said, “Someone who drives while impaired from taking K2 can be prosecuted the same as someone who drives while on alcohol or drugs.”
What is K2? Until fairly recently, a lot of people probably either hadn’t heard of it or didn’t know what it was.
Because of the grave risk to the public safety, Gillespie felt compelled to throw down the gauntlet to those who would attempt to avoid prosecution by using K2 which is also referred to as fake marijuana and then drive.
The growing concern is that people will use K2 in an attempt to avoid the drug laws.
Gillespie, who grew up in Burkburnett, promised that the Wichita County District Attorney’s Office, will prosecute aggressively anybody who drives while impaired by K2.
Although the Texas Legislature has not passed a law which specifically prohibits possession of K2, Gillespie feels encouraged by the fact the federal government is stepping up to the plate.
Beginning in 2011, the Drug Enforcement Agency will place a ban on several of the chemicals used to manufacture K2. The expectations are that the ban will last a year.
Gillespie, a graduate of Baylor Law School, said it would be up to the city to ban the life-threatening fake pot once the federal ban expires.
Maureen Shelton, Interim District Attorney for Wichita County, campaigned on a platform of aggressive prosecution of drug and driving while impaired cases.
Shelton, the first female elected District Attorney in the history of Wichita Falls, will be formally sworn in as DA in January of 2011.
K2 is a brand name for a dried herbal blend that can be smoked. It produces a high similar to that of marijuana although it doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol(THC), according to a CNN article published March 2, 2010.
Instead K2 contains synthetic chemicals that mimic THC by acting on receptors in the brain.
Smokeable herbal blends marketed as “legal highs” have become increasingly popular and as easy to buy as cigarettes.
The blends of exotic herbs and other plants have been sprayed or coated with one or more chemicals that, when smoked, produce euphoria. They are commonly labeled as herbal incense to mask their intended purpose. These contain drugs that are dangerous and should be illegal.
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