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Senate independent Dem leader Klein to take on synthetic pot

Dried herbs sprayed with a compound similar to

Dried herbs sprayed with a compound similar to tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which gives marijuana its kick, is being sold as K2 Spice. New York lawmakers are targeting the synthetic marijuana and its sale online. This package was confiscated by law enforcement on Feb. 15, 2010. Credit: AP / Kelley McCall

Senate Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein is taking on the sale of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia through the Internet as he and other lawmakers start focusing their 2016 legislative agenda this month.

The Democratic senator from the Bronx said many websites are virtual head shops. His bill would carry a prison sentence of more than 5 years for selling more than 16 ounces of synthetic marijuana online. The bill would also fine online businesses selling the manufactured pot or pipes.

Klein and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito last week released a report, The Online Smoke Shop, detailing the trade. The report said that sales were sometimes masked by terms such as K2 Spice, herbal incense, herbal potpourri, legal weed and incense bags.

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