Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00
Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) joined colleagues in the Assembly this week voting to add cannabinoid compounds to the Schedule I list of controlled substances now being sold under such names as Spice or K2. The legislation makes possession with intent to sell synthetic cannabinoid compounds a crime punishable by up to wseven years in jail.
Synthetic marijuana compounds are substances with features and effects that attempt to mimic Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These products are often sold as herbal incense and labeled “not for human consumption,” allowing manufacturers to avoid government regulation.
Due to the current legal status and accessibility, synthetic marijuana use has been a growing trend among teens. A recent study found that one out of nine high school students have used the manufactured drug in the past year. The substances are chemically manufactured in laboratories to enhance the effects resulting in dangerous and addictive drugs.
Using the drugs produce symptoms such as hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, violent behavior and even death. The New York State Department of Health placed a ban on the sale of synthetic cannabinoid compounds last year in an effort to protect more New Yorkers from the damaging effects.
Assemblyman Lavine said that there is a need to crack down on use of this drug through an aggressive approach to keep it from spreading among our youth.