New Jersey's Attorney General has officially announced that New Jersey has joined three other states to place a permanent comprehensive ban on all variants of synthetic marijuana better known as k-2 or spice.
Major news came from the New Jersey Attorney General's office Monday as they announced that a resolution created by the New Jersey division of consumer affairs will make New Jersey's comprehensive ban on all variants of synthetic marijuana a permanent ban now.
"Now it means we can go out and enforce it," said Pleasantville acting Police Chief Jose Ruiz.
A temporary ban on these drugs have been in effect since February of this year, but in a statement issued by Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, he made it clear that the manufacture, distribution, sale or possession of all variants of the man-made drugs also known as "K2," "K3," "Spice," "Kush" and so on is no longer temporary but here to stay.
"These synthetic poisons, once offered as a so-called 'legal high' by shady retailers, are now permanently off the market in New Jersey," stated Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa. "These drugs have grown in popularity nationwide despite their alarming and catastrophic side effects. Today they are permanently on record as being just as illegal as cocaine or heroin."
And with studies showing that synthetic marijuana is the 3rd most commonly abused drugs by high school seniors, acting Director of Consumers Affairs Eric Kanefsky spoke of the importance of getting these drugs out the hands of children.
"New Jersey's law enforcement agencies now have the tools they need to shut down the sellers of these toxic drugs and keep them away from anyone misguided enough to use them," stated acting Director of Consumers Affairs Eric Kanefsky.
Now that it's a ban and it's illegal to possess we get information that there's a certain convenient store, gas station, or smoke shop that's doing it we'll be able to look into it further and take whatever legal action we can to eliminate it," Ruiz said.
The ban adds theses drugs to the list of schedule 1 controlled dangerous substances, which violators may be subject to a fine up to $25,000 and imprisonment for a three to five year term.