Statement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., on Law Enforcement Action Against Distributors of Synthetic Cannabinoids

September 16, 2015

“The proliferation of synthetic cannabinoids in this city is threatening public safety and public health. However, the sale of these substances is only a violation under current New York State law, preventing members of law enforcement from pursuing criminal charges against those who manufacture and distribute imitation drugs indiscriminately to adults and adolescents alike, with no concern for users’ health. I applaud the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, NYPD, and federal partners for taking a strong position against these deadly substances, and I call upon our state legislators to put an end to the availability of imitation drugs.”