Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hitting the road today to announce tougher penalties on businesses that sell synthetic drugs, officials said.
Cuomo is visiting Buffalo, Syracuse and Manhattan today to unveil details of the agreement. Cuomo is having the state Department of Health adopt regulations that would make it a violation if a store sells synthetic drugs, such as bath salts and synthetic marijuana.
The Daily News reported today that the business owners could face a fine and 15 days in prison if they violate the new order.
The move comes after a growing outcry against synthetic drugs and the impact they have on people’s health, particularly teenagers. There have been cases around the state and country of people being hospitalized or even dying from taking the drugs.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last month sued 16 head shops for mislabeling substances such as synthetic marijuana and bath salts in an alleged attempt to evade federal and state laws. He alleged that the mislabeling, which included not noting the contents of the substances, is a violation of state law.