Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj is fighting against the sale and use of synthetic marijuana.
“The sale and use of synthetic marijuana is an epidemic in our state. These drugs are easily accessible and are being marketed to children right in our backyard. We must prevent the sale of these dangerous and life-threatening products. There must be stronger laws and penalties that will protect our communities, families, and children.”
Mark has supported Assembly bills that add synthetic cannabimimetic agents to the schedule of controlled substances. This year Mark wrote legislation that would prohibit the sale and distribution of synthetic cannabinoids and establish a statewide synthetic cannabinoid surrender program (A06623). He also wrote legislation that would criminalize the sale of synthetic cannabinoids (A06649, and he continues to work diligently to get these bills passed.
The importance of this legislation was brought home recently when a Bronx man got behind the wheel, killing a tourist and injuring 22 others. News reports, including the New York Daily News, reported the man had smoked synthetic marijuana prior to driving his car down a crowded sidewalk in Times Square.
Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 and Spice, reportedly causes hallucinations, rage and “zombie-like” symptoms in some users. It has been cited as the cause of hundreds of overdoses in the New York City area in recent years, including more than 130 people in just a few days last year, according to The New York Times.
Mark is running for the City Council because he cares about safer streets. As your city councilman, Mark will work closely with the NYPD to make sure both precincts have the equipment, training, pay, and benefits they need. This is why he has been endorsed by the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. He will also work with small businesses to ensure they are knowledgeable on the issue and comply with preventive legislation.
The Bronx needs Mark on the City Council because he cares about the health and safety of its citizens.