Numerous stores in the Glens Falls region removed synthetic marijuana from their shelves Friday as state officials began enforcing a ban on the products.

Glens Falls Police accompanied the Health Department agents as they visited stores in Glens Falls on Friday morning to formally notify them. Stores in Hudson Falls and Queensbury were also visited and seemed to be complying with the new ban.

Three stores in Glens Falls had been selling it, but only two — Smoke ‘N Save on Park Street and Akram’s Variety Store on South Street — had any in stock Friday. The Getty Mart on Ridge Street discontinued selling it earlier in the week.

Glens Falls Police Chief Will Valenza said the stores turned over their inventory to police for safe disposal. The products can only be disposed of according to state Department of Environmental Conservation regulations under the ban imposed Thursday by the state.

Valenza said none of the store clerks questioned the directive.

“Everyone was cooperative. We advised them we will be doing periodic compliance checks,” Valenza said.

As complaints about the health problems and criminal activity being spurred by herbal incense products designed to look like marijuana and to give users a high grew in recent weeks, state officials reacted Thursday with an emergency ban of the substances.

The products, marketed under names like Posh, Spice, Wicked XXX and K2, consist of green vegetative material coated with chemicals that are supposed to give users a high.

Later Friday, Warren County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Stockdale said the Health Department had asked the Sheriff’s Office for a patrol officer escort to stores in the county outside Glens Falls to notify them of the state order as well.

One convenience store in Queensbury that had a large selection as of Thursday morning was the Star Fuel store on Route 9, but by Friday afternoon it no longer had any on display.

Stockdale said he believed the state needs to go further than a civil ban and criminalize the substances.

“It doesn’t give law enforcement any power to enforce it,” he said of the Department of Health ban.

Those who violate the ban can be sued by the state Attorney General’s Office and face unspecified fines.

It was unclear late Friday whether any enforcement had occurred in other local counties.

Hudson Falls Police Sgt. John Kibling said three stores in the village — Smoke ‘N Save, Main St. Deli and Up in Smoke — were visited Friday morning by the Department of Health, and all three had removed their herbal incense by the afternoon.

Fort Edward Police Sgt. Justin Derway said Friday the Washington County Attorney’s Office informed the Police Department that the Department of Health will begin enforcement in the county in the coming days.

A bill is pending in the state Senate that would criminalize synthetic marijuana. Warren County and the village of Fort Edward have also begun the process to make it illegal to possess or sell the product in the county.

While it is still legal to possess the herbal incense substances in New York, Valenza said the ban has made them much harder to obtain, especially for teens who can’t easily shop on the Internet without a credit card.

“The chances of a 14- or 15-year-old getting it are reduced if it’s not in stores and is only sold on the Internet,” he said.

(11) comments

wired

once again thanks for helping the kids by telling tem they can still buy it over the internet.

sparkler1964

Stop calling it synthetic marijuana.It is incense that people are stupid enough to try thinking it has the same high as pot.IDIOTS!

halfmoon777

I recently learned that people are getting high on gas from whip cream cans and killing themself. Cannabis prohibition kills. Every life taken could have been avoided.

sreed

I had a friend call yesterday trying to buy posh at the store and he told me that they had taken it off the shelves and I had to laugh because he had no clue they were banning the product.I'm wondering how long it will take him to hit the street for marijuana.lol
Unfortunately,Nothing should of been said about buying from the Internet but anything for a buck.Taxes will be tacked on to that shipment soon enough.The government has to make money some how know matter how it is done.

Cricket
Cricket

Kids are very internet/computer savvy. I suspect they would try that regardless of the little snippet added by the PS or the police. You can find, or purchase just about anything in today's society by searching for it on the 'net.

Removing it from stores does at the article states, simply makes it a little more difficult for the younger kids to get a hold of it.

But, where there is a will, there is always a way.

shirl82365

I am not a marijuana user, but maybe it is time to legalize it....these kids are going to try anything and manufacturers are only concerned about making a buck!! Look at the medical positives of marijuana...just saying. More of our youths are dying in alcohol related accidents than marijuana use. If anything, they sit home, get stoned and eat!

Atheist1

As if anyone with half a brain wouldn't think to get it off the Internet. Your kids must be special.
Glad this is off the shelves but this doesn't solve the issue. The chemists who make these research chemicals will just change it slightly like the feds did with the first ban of Jwh018, one of the chemicals.
All in all, stop the ignorance and legalize marijuana. Also, this isn't synthetic marijuana. It's a research chemical and not marijuana like in any way.

hammer

Please let it be known that ALL SMOKE N SAVE stores had pulled ALL PRODUCTS in question by 11AM thursday, March 29, after Reading the post star. The information in this article is incorrect. Smoke N save was most likely the first store in the area to comply to the fullest extent. THANK YOU!!!

Cricket
Cricket

[quote]halfmoon777 said: "I recently learned that people are getting high on gas from whip cream cans and killing themself. Cannabis prohibition kills. Every life taken could have been avoided."[/quote]

I suspect if kids want to get a hold of pot, it isn't that difficult to do, legal or illegal. If people are using gas from whip cream cans, it is because, for whatever reason, they feel the need. I can think of better things to do with a can of whip cream.

Joel Benoit

If I was a reporter I believe that I would call the makers of this product for a story. What matters to me is who is making it? What are their comments?

politicoQB
politicoQB

Kids (and adults) and dentists have bee suckin' on whipped cream cans for decades. That's because the propellant used therein is Nitrous Oxide, the same good'ol anesthetic gas you breathe at the Toofy Doctor if you so choose. And will you please stop with the 'our kids are dying' scare crap. The only way Posh or Nitrous or any of this other crap will kill is if so MUCH of the substance is taken in that the brain gets starved for oxygen. Pretty hard to do.
PBut you know what's real easy for kids to do? Open daddy's liquor cabinet, guzzle half a bottle of whiskey, and end up brain dead in the hospital.
Please folks, if you don't have more information than what you gathered from reading one megaforwarded scary e-mail or one really scary, poorly-reported Fox News story, please save us from your 'education.'
You really do seem like square ol' Uncle Herbert.

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