Harlem’s Mark-Viverito: Selling Synthetic Marijuana Illegal

Melissa_Mark-ViveritoLooking to crack down on the synthetic marijuana rage, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito detailed a new bill Saturday that would make peddling the drug a crime.

The bill, expected to draw wide support, would also prevent makers of the faux weed — also known as K2 — from changing the chemical make-up of the drug, sidestepping regulations.

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Sellers could be sentenced to as much as a year in jail and face a $5,000 fine, as well as civil penalties up to $25,000, said Mark-Viverito at Rev. Al Sharpton’s weekly rally on the National Action Network.

Stores selling K2 can also be shut down or have their licenses to sell tobacco revoked. Mark-Viverito said authorities seized 8,000 bags of the synthetic reefer at just a single bodega.


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