City Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester) wants to bar the sale of products such as K2/Spice, and back that up with $300-a-day fines for stores caught selling them.
At a City Council meeting today, Baker said the products, currently sold in gas stations and convenience stores, are "masked in small colorful foil packets with pictures of cartoon characters and innocently labeled as incense" but they have psychotic effects like paranoia and hallucinations. A few cases have even been associated with heart attacks, he said.
In New Hampshire, synthetic marijuana has been linked to over 40 overdoses, leading Governor Maggie Hassan to declare a state of emergency last summer, he said.
The council agreed to Baker's request for a hearing by the Committee on Government Operations.