York City Police to store owners: Amnesty period setup to turn in synthetic marijuana

Written by Gordon Rago, York Daily Record | May 1, 2015 9:30 AM

(York) -- Nine recent, non-fatal overdoses York City Police believe stemmed from people smoking synthetic marijuana prompted the department on Thursday to take a boots-on-the-ground approach to getting the drug off the streets.

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Photo by National Institute on Drug Abuse

Synthetic marijuana is also known as K2 or Spice. Image courtesy of Coolidge Youth Coalition.

Three officers walked into each convenience store in the city, handing out pamphlets about the drug and educating store owners who may not know about the drug's legal status, said York City Detective First Class Andrew Shaffer, who joined the officers.

Shaffer said that all synthetic cannabis is illegal. But that can change when manufacturers of the drug introduce a new chemical.

York City Police gave the stores a two-to-three day amnesty period to turn in or get rid of any synthetic marijuana they may be selling, Shaffer said. His comments came during a community forum on prescription drugs and heroin Thursday night in York.

Sometimes, the drug's packaging will say "legal for sale," but York City Police's stance is that "all synthetic marijuana is illegal," Shaffer said.

After the amnesty period is up, police will switch to enforcement by obtaining search warrants or investigating by other means, the detective said.

"If legally possible, we'll hold (the store owners) accountable," Shaffer said.


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This article comes to us through a partnership between York Daily Record and WITF. 

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