New York's One Step Closer To Making Fake Weed More Illegal Than Real Weed

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"Spice" is one brand of synthetic marijuana that would be criminalized if a bill that just passed in the state Senate becomes law.
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, as we've mentioned in prior posts about the proposed ban of faux-weed, was decriminalized in New York in 1977 (a marijuana possession ticket in New York is about as serious a violation as a parking ticket). Under the new bill, possession or sale of fake weed would be would be a misdemeanor, with provisions that make certain sales (sale to children or in school zones) class-B felonies.

"Fake pot has real health consequences, as do bath salts and other products that are aggressively being marketed to young people on Long Island and around the State," 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 -- like that of 26-year-old Aaron Stinson -- smoking synthetic marijuana can be fatal. On the flip side, it's impossible to die from an overdose of real marijuana.

In an attempt to illustrate the dangers of synthetic weed, legislators point to the case of Richard "Psycho" Velazquez, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony counts of assault and strangulation in an attack on a woman and her infant child in Glens Falls. Velazquez, legislators say, slammed the victim's face into a mirror, choked her, and tackled her down a flight of stairs as she held her 7-week-old child. Velazquez claims the synthetic marijuana he and the victim had been smoking prior to the attack directly contributed to his actions. That said, legislators might want to find a better anecdote to illustrate the dangers of synthetic weed than one that references a guy whose nickname is "Psycho." In other words, perhaps "Psycho" is just a psycho who's trying to blame his crime on fake weed.

Governor Andrew Cuomo already has placed an administrative ban on synthetic marijuana (meaning police can confiscate it). If the bill criminalizing fake weed gets to his desk, it seems pretty likely that he'll sign it. Click here to read the full version of the bill.

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Michelle Kassorla
Michelle Kassorla

I believe Mr. Velazquez--mostly because I hear that story over and over again as I volunteer at To The Maximus Foundation, where we educate people about the dangers of synthetic marijuana.  We have a whole page of people who have died because of synthetic marijuana, and those are only the deaths we know of.  

In addition to murder victims, there are the victims of the crushing depression leading to suicide, the victims of hallucinations, and the victims of organ failure due to synthetic marijuana use.

Please educate yourself.  Find To the Maximus Blog on the web, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at Fakeweed.


I think we are becoming more repressed as a society....if the real cannabis were legal or allowable under prescription nationally, there would be no need for the dangerious fake cannabis.

Michelle Kassorla
Michelle Kassorla

I believe Velazquez.  I am a volunteer for To The Maximus Foundation, an organization that educates the public about the dangers of Synthetic Marijuana,  and we see these stories every day.

In fact, on http://www.tothemaximusblog.or..., you will find a page of synthetic marijuana deaths.  Some are deaths due to the hallucinations brought on by the drug, some are suicides due to the crushing depression that accompanies it's use.  However, there are a handful that are murders committed by those high on synthetic marijuana. 

These are only the deaths we know of.  There are also hundreds (probably thousands) of injuries, attacks, and suicides due to Synthetic Marijuana.  We don't know the full extent because no one is keeping statistics, and there are no reliable tests for it because the cocktail of poisonous chemicals used to make it changes almost weekly.

In addition, we don't know the full temporary and permanent damage this chemical cocktail is doing to those who use it.  So far we know that organ failure, heart attack, psychosis, and brain damage are just the beginning.

Laws against Synthetic Marijuana SHOULD BE stronger than those against natural marijuana.  It is a much more dangerous drug.

Educate yourself by finding To The Maximus on Facebook, on Twitter at fakeweed, or on our blog.

Michelle Kassorla
Michelle Kassorla

Actually, I believe Velazquez.  I am a volunteer for To The Maximus Foundation.  We educate the public about the dangers of synthetic marijuana.  If you see our blog, we have a page dedicated to synthetic marijuana deaths.  On that page, you will find the stories of more than one person murdered by someone using synthetic marijuana, in addition to those who took their lives.  It is an extremely dangerous drug with so many variations, that we don't really know what's in it or what temporary and/or permanent damage it can cause.  Please educate yourself.  Find To The Maximus on Facebook, at our blog http://www.tothemaximusblog.or..., and on Twitter at Fakeweed.  Fake pot IS more dangerous than real pot, and Fake pot SHOULD be more illegal than real pot.


This actually is logical as the article points out and it's really only the headline that seems to suggest NY legislators are smoking something funny. 

Michelle Kassorla
Michelle Kassorla

Actually, even if real marijuana were legal, people would still turn to the fake stuff because real marijuana still could not be used by groups like pilots, athletes, probationers, professional drivers, and doctors.  Fake weed is currently undetectable in drug tests because the cocktail of chemicals used to manufacture it change almost weekly (according to the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Abuse).  Fake weed is MUCH more dangerous than real weed, and requires stiff penalties to discourage its use.  Find out more from To The Maximus Foundation.

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