The synthetic marijuana substitute known as K2 is currently a legal substance in New York City, but it might not be for much longer. On August 25, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito stated her intent to introduce a bill that would ban the sale of the drug. This prospective bill is spurred on by the increasing media coverage of violence and medical emergencies associated with the synthetic drug. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have stated their support of the bill. The new bill would place individuals convicted of selling the drug in jail for up to a year with additional fines up to $5,000. This sum increases to $25,000 if there is a history of selling K2 or other drug charges are levied. Additionally, the bill would endanger shop owners selling the drug by threatening them with the loss of their tobacco sellers’ licenses. A drug possession charge is a serious offense and could dramatically affect your professional and personal life. It is essential to work with an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney when facing jail time, fines, or a criminal record. Contact the Portale Randazzo LLP today if you are in need of a powerful legal defense. Call (914) 292-3557 for more information about how our firm can help you.