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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Tuesday she planned to introduce legislation to ban the sale of synthetic marijuana, responding to what she said was a crisis on city streets and in homeless shelters.

    “This is a concern that’s growing, we’re trying to get a handle on it,” Ms. Mark-Viverito said a news conference near City Hall.

    The sale and use of the drug, known as K2, isn’t illegal in New York City. But city officials say they are concerned by a rise in violence and hospital visits linked to the drug.

    Under the proposed legislation, anyone found guilty of selling K2 or an imitation drug would face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000, which would increase to $25,000 for subsequent violations. Ms. Mark-Viverito said the measure would be proposed early next month.

    Stores selling the drug would face prosecution. Owners also could lose their licenses to sell to tobacco.

    City officials say the intersection of East 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in East Harlem—in Ms. Mark-Viverito’s district—is at the heart of the K2 crisis in New York City. The speaker lead a walking tour of the area with other city officials in April.

    The New York Police Department have carried out at least two sting operations there this summer, one in June and the other in July.

    “In one deli alone, we seized 8,000 bags of this K2 product,” Ms. Mark-Viverito said.

    Ms. Mark-Viverito, a Democrat, also said use of the drug seemed especially prevalent among the city’s shelter residents.

    By Mara Gay - The Wallstreet Journal/Aug. 25, 2015
    Photo: Spencer Platt
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Basoodler
    Really .. People are still selling it at gas stations in new York..?

    Did they not get the memo?
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    If NYC, which used to have 60 gas stations in 2004 is, as of 2014 down to only 39. So few gas stations make good spice sales areas considering their scarcity. The law, I'm guessing, is only going on the books to give clout to local government who can then crack down on those caught selling synthetic weed on the streets or in candy stores--of which there are many on the island of Manhattan.
  3. TheCrystallineCook
    I'm not for the war on drugs and feel like it is a complete and utter waste of money. I am also against the government deciding what we should and shouldn't put in our own bodies. However, while the system that is in place at the moment is currently doing both of these things, I am for once totally for the banning of these spice products. I wouldn't vote for it because it would go against my stance on chemistry, but I have no qualms with it.

    Obviously, the Analogue Act and the way it was written makes banning the specific substances sprayed onto the plant matter within the product difficult to do, with the chemists always one step ahead with another variation, adjusting the molecular structure in such a way that it is no longer "analogous" to its banned predecessors.

    However, this shit is evil. I smoked with for about two years on and off and the one thing they all have in common is that they without fail induce tachycardia and hypertension. They are full agonists at the cannabinoid receptors they act on making them extremely dangerous and very likely to create dangerous toxicity with prolonged exposure. Despite the fact that there have been little if any studies on the long term effects of these drugs, it seems obvious enough to me that this shit is bad news.

    These compounds are produced in clandestine laboratories in China, primarily and testing done by local police departments regularly show that the resulting products are typically very high in trace heavy metals as a result of the indiscretion used by the chemists.

    Even the scientist who originally developed the first synthetic cannabinoid for research purposes says that people who smoke spice are "idiots." I love this article...

    "John W. Huffman is the retired Clemson University chemist whose non-cannabinoid cannabimimetics synthesized in the 1990s have spawned a legal highs industry in the United States. So-called herbal incense products like K2 Spice are sprayed with some of Huffman’s compounds such as JWH-018 and sold in head shops and convenience stores across the US.

    A couple of weeks ago, we talked about Purdue chemist and pharmacologist David Nichols on how he was surprised that entreprenurial chemists were applying his schemes to make legal highs. In contrast to Nichols’ commentary in Nature, Huffman doesn’t have much sympathy for those who dabble with his compounds:

    As for any feelings of responsibility that he made the drug, Huffman says “you can’t be responsible for what idiots are going to do.”

    And those “idiots” now email Huffman wanting to know how to make JWH-018.

    The messages are usually poorly written and ask Huffman for help in making it.

    “I just hit the delete button,” says Huffman. "

    Source: http://cenblog.org/terra-sigillata/2...l-npr-program/
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