NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Amid what officials are calling a public health crisis, the City Council is looking to crack down on synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.

As WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron reported, the council is looking to ban the manufacturing of K2 and punish business owners who sell it illegally.

The cheap, potent drug is widely used among the homeless in New York City and is attracting teenagers with its brightly colored logos and flavors mimicking candy, Waldron reported.

It’s already illegal in New York, but manufacturers can circumvent the law by changing the mix of chemical additives when certain substances are banned.

The proposed legislation would broaden the ban and allow a court to close a business and revoke or suspend cigarette dealer licenses if caught selling it, Waldron reported.

The bills could go before the full City Council for a vote on Wednesday.

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