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New Jersey Bans Synthetic Marijuana

The Attorney General for the State of New Jersey has recently announced an immediate statewide ban on the sale, manufacture, and distribution of all forms of synthetic marijuana -- man-made "marijuana-like" products which, until recently, were readily available for purchase at numerous boardwalk concession stands, convenience stores and gasoline stations.

Synthetic marijuana is typically sold in small packets, targeting young people and teenagers looking to get a quick high. Although it is marketed as incense, potpourri or bath salts, many people have discovered that smoking these products mimic the effects of marijuana. According to the Attorney General, the packets contain a mixture of herbs and plant materials coated with chemicals affecting brain functioning. The medical community generally agrees that that the long-term effects of inhaling synthetic marijuana are far more dangerous than marijuana itself, and there have been at least five (5) reported deaths nationwide linked to the use of synthetic marijuana. The Attorney General's office reports that synthetic marijuana is the third most abused substance by high school seniors throughout the country.

Although the announced ban goes into effect immediately, individuals in possession of synthetic marijuana have 10 days to surrender it to law enforcement. The Jersey Shore, with its numerous boardwalks and beaches throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties, will likely be ground zero for the crackdown on synthetic marijuana.

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