Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Substances similar to synthetic marijuana are still widely available even though the drugs labeled as incense were banned from being sold less than one month ago. A local headshop may even be making its own brand of the drug.
NewsChannel 9 stopped by Tebbs Headshop on North Salina Street where we not only found the products, but users who say they still smoke synthetic marijuana regularly.
“I get high. It’s like weed. I’m on probation so I can’t smoke weed so I’ve got to smoke something ‘cause I’ve got a stressful life, you know. I live in Syracuse,” Markiss Paige said.
Paige says even with the ban in place, it’s still very easy to get synthetic marijuana, which he actually prefers to real cannabis.
“With weed you'll be high and you'll get tired after the effects go down. But with spice, you'll be high and then when it goes down you're right back to normal. You won’t be high anymore. You're right back to like you didn't smoke,” Paige continued.
But these products are not supposed to be available anymore. County health departments distributed details of ban to local headshops and have been checking for compliance.
So we sent a few people into a headshop to see what they could find.
The labels clearly state the products do not have the same chemical compounds in the banned products, but the cashiers told them they were alternatives to the banned products like K2 and spice.
“They said the effects are pretty much the same. They said the stuff they make in house that them and their partner company make are some of the best stuff going around, strongest side effects,” Kenneth Foss said.
Paige agrees. From the high to the fast heart beat, to the hunger afterwards, the drugs available now have the same effects as the ones banned from sale.
“It comes in all kinds of names. I'll try everything. I like all types. I like to get high,” Paige said.
Again, these products are being sold legally. They’re new, made of slightly different chemical compounds, but could be just as dangerous.