Governor Andrew Cuomo recently ordered a ban on synthetic drugs that carry brand names such as "Spice" and "K-2".
With existing federal bans easily bypassed, and a stronger ban currently stalled in Congress, Mayor Palmieri is taking matters into his own hands.
"We have to take decisive local action," Palmieri said. "The best way to stop the sale of illicit substances is street-level intervention. No convenience store, gas station or head shop owner wants to see a police officer walk through the door searching their shelves and store rooms for dangerous drugs."
He goes on to say passing the ordinance is both a warning and a promise that no sale of the synthetic compound will go unpunished.