TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner (D – Mercer, Hunterdon) that prohibits the manufacture, sale, or possession of synthetic marijuana has been signed into law by Governor Christie.
The law, S1783, adds synthetic or man-made marijuana to the state’s list of Schedule 1 Controlled Dangerous Substances. That makes it subject to the highest level of state control. Manufacturing, distribution, sale, or possession of synthetic marijuana is now a third-degree crime, subject to a fine of up to $25,000 and imprisonment for three to five years.
“No matter what name they are using to try to push the sale of this substance, drugs are drugs,” said Turner. “Synthetic marijuana can have the same serious side effects as other illegal drugs, and should be treated as such. Under this measure, dealers will no longer be able to skirt the law and endanger the health and lives of our children.”