NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Lawmakers in New York are calling for tougher penalties for people who are caught selling synthetic marijuana.
Alarmed by a growing number of emergency room visits, Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week imposed an emergency regulation banning the sale of synthetic marijuana, but Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein said it’s not enough.
“Unfortunately, it is not doing the trick,” he said. “We need a law on the books in Albany and we need a law right now.”
Klein said in the Bronx alone, there have been nearly 700 emergency room visits in connection with the drug, also known as “K2” and “spice,” reported since January.