Congratulations to NY Health Commissioner Nirav Shah for banning synthetic marijuana in the state of New York. This is the order he issued.
This is an action that should help protect the health of all New Yorkers–users and non-users alike.
This drug is not only dangerous to those who smoke it, it is also dangerous to innocent bystanders, first responders, and health professionals.
The combination of psychosis, agitation, and the temporary inability to feel pain are a recipe for danger.
Now, we call for the citizens of NY to keep an eye out for stores who are ignoring this ban.
We must work together to protect our communities from this dangerous substance.
NY bans sale of synthetic marijuana; cites health
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state has banned the sale of “synthetic marijuana” that’s sold in convenience stores, smoke shops, and tobacco stores under brand names including “Spice”, “K2” and “Mr. Nice Guy.”
The products produces a high when smoked and have been linked to severe adverse reactions including death and acute renal failure. In announcing the ban, Health Commissioner Nirav Shah said they also commonly cause increased heart rates, paranoid behavior, agitation, and nausea, among other symptoms.