New York News: May 26, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Fairgrieve Elementary School in Fulton last week after being contacted by sixth-grade student Ariel Stacy.

Stacy wrote Ritchie a letter, asking about her role in state government.

The senator talked with students about being a good citizen and answered questions about being a senator.

Students voiced their concerns about having to take “too many tests.”

In addition, Ritchie visited the residents of Morningstar Residential Care Center in Oswego in honor of National Nursing Home Week.

National Nursing Home Week is an effort sponsored by the American Health Care Association, to honor nursing home residents and staff.

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The New York State Assembly adopted legislation this week to criminalize the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana.

Synthetic marijuana, while sold and marketed as potpourri and incense, provides many of the same effects as marijuana and cocaine.

For Assemblyman Will Barclay, passing this legislation was imperative for protecting the health of children and keeping these dangerous substances out of their hands.

“I am pleased that the Assembly has acted to ban the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana,” said Barclay. “Over the past several months, I have received countless calls and letters from across the state expressing concern over the availability and dangers of this product.”

This bill adds synthetic cannabinoids to the list of controlled substances. The legislation, A09855, bans the sale and possession  of  synthetic marijuana. The bill has advanced to the Senate.

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