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Leg. Denenberg and Leg. Browning

Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg (D-Merrick) and Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) jointly announce a bill to ban synthetic cannabinoids in Nassau.

Nassau Legislator David Denenberg Introduces Bill to Ban Synthetic Cannabinoids

A joint press conference with Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning was held to announce the new legislation

(Hauppauge, NY) – Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg (D-Merrick) announced a new bill to ban synthetic cannabinoids – chemical compounds that mimic the effects of marijuana – on Wednesday, April 4, during a press conference at the Suffolk County Legislature building. He was accompanied by Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley), whose bill to ban the substance was passed in Suffolk on March 12.

The bill proposed by Legis. Denenberg, which was introduced on Friday, March 30, would ban the sale of synthetic marijuana and have it removed from stores, “away from Nassau County’s youth,” said Legis. Denenberg.

Usage of this harmful product has risen due to its easy access and comparable effects to marijuana. It is sold in various convenience stores, gas stations and online, while being marketed as potpourri and incense. Side effects are known to cause paranoia, hallucinations, disorientation, vomiting, elevated heart rates, seizures and panic attacks.

“This bill goes farther than a recent New York State Department of Health initiative by imposing an outright ban on synthetic cannabinoids,” said Legis. Denenberg. “I’m pleased to team with Legislator Browning to promote public safety and protect the health and welfare of our children in Nassau and Suffolk.”