If you want your marijuana to have weed in it, it looks like you'll be forced to buy the real thing.
The Daily News is proudly reporting that the New York Department of Health is preparing a statewide band on synthetic marijuana—ASAP. Though the DOH has been quiet about an actual ban, Gov. Andrew Cuomo did share this with the eager publication:
"We are banning the sale of synthetic marijuana because, no matter what you call it, it’s clear that this is an illegal drug which is putting the health of New Yorkers, especially young adults, at risk,” Gov. Cuomo told the News.
“By acting now we can put parents’ minds at ease by preventing the spread of synthetic marijuana in our communities and our schools. We need to stop this problem before it starts and get this drug off the shelves of every store in our state to protect our children’s health and safety.”
While an order mandating that the sale and distribution "cease immediately," state legislation to ban it, and any similar products, is still pending. The reasons synthetic marijuana has become such a big deal is the list of negative side effects, which include nausea, vomiting, hypertension, increased heart rate and paranoia.
In the meantime, plenty of regular marijuana will continue to be smoked.