synthetic drugs

NYS stepping up efforts against K2 synthetic drugs

Jul 19, 2016
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State Police arrested a man in Rochester Sunday evening, charged with the sale of 150 packets of K2. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is getting tougher on the potent "synthetic marijuana," as it will most likely begin to spread across Western and Upstate New York.

NY AG Schneiderman explains strategy for synthetic drugs

Oct 20, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It's sold in packaging that appeals to younger consumers, comes with names including 'Mr. Happy' and K2' and can be found in legitimate businesses or online. Synthetic drugs are raising eyebrows and concerns of various leaders, including New York State's top prosecutor, who has taken a different approach to getting those substances off the streets.

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The New York Department of Health issued new regulations Tuesday that stiffen penalties for the sale or possession of synthetic drugs.

Flanked by a prop sporting packets of synthetic drugs with names like “Snow Leopard,” “Zoom” and “Vanilla Sky,” Governor Andrew Cuomo deemed the substances “poison” during a Buffalo press conference.