Goodbye, Chemical Cannabis? U.S. Senate OKs Fake Pot Ban

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The U.S. Senate has just put the kibosh on K2.

After a months-long effort to ban synthetic marijuana, spearheaded by the Empire State's very own Charles Schumer, the Senate voted today to ban the sale of fake bud.

The Daily News notes that the measure passed by getting tacked onto a Food and Drug Administration bill.

In December, the U.S. House of Representatives greenlighted similar legislation.

Both will get "reconciled" next week before going before President Barack Obama.

Now, as the Voice has repeatedly reported, New York has long been a foe of fake pot.

In March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the Department of Health to bar the sale of chemical cannabis. Though laws against it have passed in both the Assembly and Senate, neither have been signed into law.

Talk of a fake-pot prohibition had circulated since at least May 2010, when Kathleen Rice then used it as a talking point in her failed bid for State Attorney General.

Under the proposed law, you can get up to 30 years in the slammer for selling this dodgy dope substitute.

Follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis.


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