The regulations expand the state list of prohibited drugs and chemicals and expose store owners or employees to criminal fines up to $500 and up to 15 days in jail, health officials said Tuesday.
In spite of a New York State Health Department order telling stores to stop selling synthetic marijuana, it is still available. The product has been found in stores all around New York, from bodegas in the Bronx to gas stations on Long Island.
The products produces a high when smoked and have been linked to severe adverse reactions including death and acute renal failure.
The synthetic drug, sold under the names of “Legal Phunk,” “Spice,” and other brands, is often disguised as incense or potpourri.
It’s known as incense or potpourri, but it’s not the kind you use to make a room smell nice. It’s an herbal mixture that’s being smoked for a high, and getting many people sick. Now, there’s a new effort to get it banned.
State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced today that making, possessing or selling synthetic marijuana will now be punishable by three to five years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
A New York lawmaker wants parents not to fear what their kids might pick up at the mall.