HEAT ALERT

Heat advisory in effect for Bronx through this evening.

Mayor to sign bills to combat synthetic marijuana use

Mayor Bill de Blasio held a hearing Tuesday aimed at providing city agencies with more tools for combating synthetic marijuana use. The mayor says the new laws will criminalize the manufacturing and

News 12 Staff

Oct 14, 2015, 3:10 AM

Updated 3,199 days ago

Share:

Mayor Bill de Blasio held a hearing Tuesday aimed at providing city agencies with more tools for combating synthetic marijuana use.
The mayor says the new laws will criminalize the manufacturing and sale of the drug, also known as K2, and make it punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine up to $15,000.
Businesses are also at risk of having their cigarette license suspended or revoked. Repeat offenders could be shut down altogether.
De Blasio says he will sign the three bills into law in the coming days.
The announcement comes amid recent crackdowns on several stores in the borough and across the state.
Bags marketed as "legal highs" have resulted in emergency room visits from the unpredictable side effects.
 


More from News 12
2:22
HEAT ALERT: Hazy and humid conditions to start; tracking strong to severe thunderstorms for the Bronx

HEAT ALERT: Hazy and humid conditions to start; tracking strong to severe thunderstorms for the Bronx

0:44
NYPD busts an illegal cannabis warehouse at deli located on East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx

NYPD busts an illegal cannabis warehouse at deli located on East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx

1:41
Officials: Trucks crash at Hunts Point intersection; 1 person hospitalized

Officials: Trucks crash at Hunts Point intersection; 1 person hospitalized

1:54
Head Start program expands in the Bronx

Head Start program expands in the Bronx

2:42
NASA Meteor Watch: 'Daylight fireball over New York City' around time of reported booms, shakings

NASA Meteor Watch: 'Daylight fireball over New York City' around time of reported booms, shakings

1:15
Checking out Amazon's warehouse in Throgs Neck as Prime Day deals kick off

Checking out Amazon's warehouse in Throgs Neck as Prime Day deals kick off

1:37
MTA taking steps to protect commuters in next round of extreme heat

MTA taking steps to protect commuters in next round of extreme heat

2:17
Claremont Pool closed during heat wave

Claremont Pool closed during heat wave

0:25
Police: 3 suspects wanted for slashing man in the face at Williamsbridge subway station

Police: 3 suspects wanted for slashing man in the face at Williamsbridge subway station

1:21
How New Yorkers are beating the heat during rising temps, overwhelming humidity

How New Yorkers are beating the heat during rising temps, overwhelming humidity

1:46
Over 60 spots across NYC to participate in free summer meals program for kids

Over 60 spots across NYC to participate in free summer meals program for kids

0:28
NYPD: 17-year-old shot in the leg overnight at Joyce Killmer Park

NYPD: 17-year-old shot in the leg overnight at Joyce Killmer Park

1:42
FDNY: 3 people, including firefighter, injured at multibuilding fire in Kingsbridge Heights

FDNY: 3 people, including firefighter, injured at multibuilding fire in Kingsbridge Heights

1:15
Newest NYPD class graduates, Mayor Eric Adams reflect on death of fellow recruit

Newest NYPD class graduates, Mayor Eric Adams reflect on death of fellow recruit

1:49
NYPD: 5-year-old boy found dead inside Belmont home

NYPD: 5-year-old boy found dead inside Belmont home

2:18
Bronx residents brace for next round of extreme heat

Bronx residents brace for next round of extreme heat

2:28
Fallen tree branch crushes windshield, leaves mess on Pelham Gardens street

Fallen tree branch crushes windshield, leaves mess on Pelham Gardens street

7:10
Trump picks Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, a once-fierce critic turned loyal ally, as his GOP running mate

Trump picks Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, a once-fierce critic turned loyal ally, as his GOP running mate

2:12
DEP unveils new plan for preventing flooding on New York City streets

DEP unveils new plan for preventing flooding on New York City streets

0:43
MTA outlines plan to keep riders cool during intense heat and humidity

MTA outlines plan to keep riders cool during intense heat and humidity