By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
As of September 1, 2011 the substances of K2, Spice, bath salts or any other synthetic chemical compound that is a cannabinoid receptor agonist and mimics the pharmacological effect of naturally occurring cannabinoids is illegal.
The Texas Legislature added the category to Texas Health and Safety Code 481.1031 Penalty Group 2-A which you can read here (though you may need to be a chemist or pharmacist to really understand it).
Substances known as ‘bath salts’ including but not limited to Mephedrone, Cloud Nine, Ivory Wave and Blue Silt are also illegal under this provision.
Punishment for possession of any of these substances can range from a Class B Misdemeanor (0 to 180 days jail plus fine not to exceed $2,000) all the way to a first degree felony (5 years prison to 99 years plus a fine not to exceed $10,000) based on the amount of the substance and/or the circumstances surrounding the arrest (i.e. an arrest in a drug free zone).