Recently, there has been an increase in cases of young adults becoming ill due to the use of synthetic marijuana. Assemblyman Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) is urging legislators to support legislation that would completely ban the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana (A.7324).
“We need to do everything in our power to keep these dangerous drugs out of our kids’ hands,” Assemblyman Gabryszak said. “I am sponsoring legislation that will restrict the sale of products containing synthetic marijuana.”
Synthetic marijuana - also known as Spice or K2 - is often sold as “herbal incense” and labeled for non-human consumption, allowing manufactures to avoid government regulation.i The chemicals found in this drug can cause agitation, nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeats, tremors, psychotic episodes, withdrawal, dependence and seizures, among several other adverse health effects.ii
“These unsafe products are designed to mimic the effects of an illegal drug,” Gabryszak said. “We should be concerned about the control and regulation of any mood-altering substance, especially substances that are easily accessible. It is easy for teenagers to gain access to these synthetic cannabinoids and a number of emergencies associated with its use have been reported.”