|"Spice" is one brand of synthetic marijuana that would be criminalized if a bill that just passed in the state Senate becomes law.|
New York's One Step Closer To Making Fake Weed More Illegal Than Real Weed
The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would make the possession and sale of fake marijuana a crime in the Empire State -- which
would make the possession of fake marijuana more illegal than possession of real marijuana.
Real marijuana was decriminalized in New York in 1977 (a marijuana possession ticket in New York is about as serious a violation as a parking ticket).
"Fake pot has real health consequences, as do bath salts and other products that are aggressively being marketed to young people...," Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, executive director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, says.
"Several journal articles published in the last three months have detailed a wide range of psychiatric symptoms experienced by users including paranoia, hallucinations, delusions and extreme anxiety.
Several other journal articles have detailed cases of convulsions, heart attacks and kidney failure in adolescents who, because these substances are legal, often mistakenly believe they are safe."
While fake weed being more illegal than real weed sounds pretty ridiculous, the effects of synthetic weed have proven to be more dangerous than those of the real stuff.
Synthetic weed is herbs sprayed with synthetic canabanoids.
Some of the side effects include rapid heart rate, tremors, loss of consciousness and hallucinations.
In a few cases -- smoking synthetic marijuana has been fatal.
On the flip side, it's impossible to die from an overdose of real marijuana.
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