New Jersey Bans Synthetic Marijuana

Possesors of the fake drug could now face up to 10 years in prison if caught

By Stephanie Rice
|  Monday, Jan 28, 2013  |  Updated 6:11 PM EDT
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New Jersey Bans Synthetic Marijuana

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Synthetic marijuana, like this, is now officially illegal in New Jersey.

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New Jersey lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that bans synthetic marijuana.

The fake marijuana has been sold under names like ``K2,'' ``Spice'' and ``Space Cadet'' at gas stations and other sites. Over the last few years, law enforcement has been increasingly troubled by the substance.
 
The measure passed Monday on a 73-1 vote. It now goes to Gov. Chris Christie for consideration.
 
State authorities had already cracked down on drugs designed to mimic the effects of marijuana. Last year, the state Division of Consumer Affairs reclassified the drugs as controlled dangerous substances as a way to restrict access to the substances.
 
Under the measure, people who make, distribute or possess the drugs could face up to 10 years in prison.

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