Following media reports that a teen in New York City had been smoking salvia divinorum before apparently leaping to his death in Roosevelt Island, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today called for the Assembly to join with him in banning the sale of this legal hallucinogen throughout New York State. According to media reports, the 21-year-old man jumped from a Roosevelt Island balcony while smoking the legal herb just before he jumped.
Legislation sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) that would ban the sale of synthetic marijuana products throughout New York State was passed today by the New York State Senate. This fake drug, which has been legally available under a variety of names like K2, Spike 99 and Spice at stores throughout New York State, including on Long Island and just blocks away from the State Capitol in Albany, is smoked as an altern
Senator John Flanagan today announced that legislation he sponsored to ban the sale of the hallucinogen salvia divinorum throughout New York State has passed the Senate. The Senator has been advocating since 2005 for a statewide ban of the hallucinogen, which is widely claimed to have the same effects as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). While his efforts have gained Senate passage five times prior to this vote, the New York State Assembly has repeatedly failed to act.
This year, however, the legislation is being sponsored by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (51st Assembly District) and Senator Flanagan is hopeful that the Assembly will act so the legislation can be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo to finally become law in New York State.
With so many stories in the media highlighting the dangers of synthetic marijuana and bath salts, today’s announcement by Governor Cuomo is a step in the right direction. But the severity and increasing number of these incidents make it abundantly clear that even stronger actions need to be taken as soon as possible.
To help community members get unwanted drugs out of their households, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted a Drug Drop Off event at the Selden Fire Department. The event, which was held with the cooperation of the Suffolk County Police Department and the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, enabled community members to drop off unwanted drugs anonymously and helped collect over 175 pounds of drugs.