New York state officials have finally declared all sales of synthetic cannabis illegal. The state’s Senate decided in Albany today that New York can no longer allow this toxic substance sold within its state lines.
We’ve seen, over and over again, just how dangerous and even lethal, synthetic marijuana can be, so it’s encouraging that states like New York are viewing the narcotic as the serious threat to society it is.
The order issued Thursday calls for sales and distribution to stop immediately. Local health officials will distribute details of the ban to stores and will be tasked with checking for compliance.
Shah said calls to state poison control centers related to the synthetics increased to 105 since the beginning of 2011, compared to four in 2009 and 2010 combined. More than half the calls involved people under the age of 19. He said national poison control centers have received about 8,000 calls since 2011.
Violators will be referred to the state’s attorney general for prosecution and civil penalties would be set by a judge. [Wall Street Journal]
And it was about time. Bodegas scattered all over every corner and block in New York City and have been selling this lethal substance for far too long. Unfortunately, people can still score this crap in some states.
A bill in Senate to federally ban the sale of synthetic marijuana is currently in delay because a moronic Republican from Kentucky, Rand Paul, wants the sale of substances like K2 and Spice controlled on a state to state basis. Still, it’s really a matter of when, not if, the substance is declared federally illegal.