ALBANY -- The State Senate passed a bill yesterday that criminalizes the possession of synthetic marijuana and "bath salts," those designer drugs that can mimic the effects of cocaine and methamphetamine. The Assembly, however, has given not indication they will consider the bill this legislative session.
And, you might be thinking -- didn't synthetic marijuana already get banned by the state?
Yes, in March, the state Department of Health banned the products, and they were pulled off store shelves throughout the Finger Lakes. But that action just banned their sale in New York State; it's still legal to purchase those products over the Internet, or from another state where they are sold legally, and to possess them in your home.