Ban placed on sale of 'synthetic marijuana' in New York

An immediate ban has been ordered on the sale of “synthetic marijuana” in New York, My Fox NY reported.

According to the station, the drug comes in packets called “Mr. Nice Guy,” “K2,” “Spice” and more, and it is often marketed as incense or potpourri.  But synthetic marijuana is actually much more powerful drug and can cause high blood pressure, hallucinations and seizures.

“Because [these drugs] are sold in stores, people may believe they are safe, and use of these drugs is increasing rapidly in New York City,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, the New York City health commissioner.

The ban prohibits retailers from selling synthetic marijuana, and if a store is caught, it will face fines and other penalties, officials said.

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