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May 1, 2012

State Senate passes bill making sale, possession prohibited


PLATTSBURGH — Under the provisions of the bill, penalties for the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and bath salts would be similar to those for marijuana and methamphetamines.

Most offenses would be subject to a misdemeanor charge or a violation.

But the sale of these substances to a minor on or near school grounds would constitute a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru) said she was not sure when the bill would come up for a vote in the Assembly but said she would support it when it does.

"It's too dangerous and too accessible for our kids," she said of synthetic pot.

"I am confident we will get there (to a vote), and I will support it."

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