Governor Signs Law Banning Synthetic Pot In NM

FARMINGTON, N.M. – Gov. Susana Martinez signed the measure into law Thursday in Farmington, which was the first city in New Mexico to ban synthetic marijuana by ordinance.

Farmington City Councilor Dan Darnell says people were becoming sick from the substance, which is sold under names such as K-2, Spice, Genie and Sage.

The term synthetic marijuana covers a group of chemicals that produce a high similar to that of marijuana. The substances, sprayed onto dried herbs, are sold in stores and over the Internet.

Martinez also signed a measure that requires palm prints as well as fingerprints for people arrested for a crime.

The governor's office says that last month, the FBI began using new technology to compile a palm print database.