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NY Health Commissioner Bans Synthetic Marijuana

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.

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NY bans sale of synthetic marijuana; cites health

Associated Press

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.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN’S PROPOSAL TO COMBAT SYNTHETIC DRUGS CLEARS HOUSE COMMITTEE

Springfield —Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that the House Judiciary Criminal Law Committee unanimously sent to the full House an amendment to the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act that will help address the synthetic drug epidemic in the state.

“Drug makers’ continued attempts to sell synthetic drugs jeopardize the lives of teens and young adults,” Madigan said. “This bill recognizes that chemicals sold to be taken as drugs, regardless of what they’re called or their bogus labeling, are life threatening and illegal.”

Madigan said combating the synthetic drug epidemic presents unique challenges for law enforcement and prosecutors because the chemical makeup of the products can be easily altered by manufacturers to avoid violating the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. In addition, these drugs are sold in packages that misleadingly claim the products are legal as confirmed by so-called “official” lab results. Continue reading

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WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

HR 1254, The Synthetic Drug Act of 2011, passed the U. S. House of Representatives on December 8, 2011.  The bill has been referred to the Committee on the Judiciary in the Senate.

We are asking everyone to call:

  • Sen. Rand Paul’s office:  (202) 224-4343 When you call, urge his staff to urge him to uphold the Unanimous Consent Agreement on HR 1254.
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy’s office: (202) 224-4242 Ask him to allow HR 1254 to bypass the Committee of the Judiciary and let it go straight to a full senate vote.
  • Sen. Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader’s office: (202) 224-3542 Ask him to do everything in his power to bring HR 1254 up for a full vote in the U.S. Senate as quickly as possible.

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