Gov. Cuomo launches new campaign to stop sales of synthetic marijuana

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A new ad campaign in New York aims to stop the sale and use of synthetic marijuana.

The campaign encourages people to report any illegal sale of the synthetic drug and warns New Yorkers about the dangers associated with them.

Rach ad contains the phrase: “synthetic marijuana is dangerous and illegal” and includes a phone number to call and report sales, the state’s HOPEline number and the state’s alcohol and substance abuse website.

“By any name, these synthetic drugs are a danger to public health and a threat to the safety of all New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “This administration is fully committed to ending both the sale and use of this dangerous substance and this campaign will continue our efforts to educate the public and stop the sale of these harmful substances once in for all.”

The ads will run mostly in New York City where there’s been a recent rise in the use of the substances.

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the State’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369).

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