Synthetic marijuana

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.

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Senator Charles Schumer is calling for wider controls over the sale of synthetic marijuana.

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Synthetic marijuana has arrived in Western New York.

It goes by many names on the streets:  "Route 69," "Atomic," "Sunshine" and law enforcers say it is very dangerous. Three area men have been  arrested in connection with the sale and distribution of the drug.

The synthetic pot, apparently made in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and shipped here via FedEx, came to the attention of investigators in March.

With "synthetic pot" being seen as an increasing health problem among young people, Albany yesterday barred sale of the material and is working on making its sale a crime.

The fake pot is made in China using a constantly shifting array of chemicals sprayed on a variety of vegetation and then put into brightly labeled bags aimed at young people.

Just about everyone between 12 and 20 entering a local drug and alcohol treatment center has used the material.

Erie County Health Commissioner Doctor Gale Burstein says the material is hugely popular and hugely dangerous.

It is known as "K-2" or "Spice."  It's a synthetic substance that can be found in convenience type stores in Western New York and across the land.

U.S Senator Charles Schumer was in Buffalo Monday to say that he and other members of Congress on both sides of the aisle want to see it banned.

With the Erie County Courthouse as a backdrop, Senator Schumer, joined by Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard and Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita, said the substance, which sells for about $20 a packet is really synthetic marijuana.