Over a dozen states have passed laws banning synthetic cannabis, but Massachusetts isn't one of them.

With the use of the dangerous drug on the rise, the New Bedford City Council is asking the state to take emergency action. The Council supported a motion Thursday evening requesting a state wide ban on the substance.

Council President Joe Lopes says he became aware of the issue after one of his constituents almost died after using the drug.

Commonly known as spice, these synthetic drugs can cause a variety of adverse health effects including severe illness and even suicidal behavior.

This is the Council's third attempt requesting the Department of Public Health take action on banning the drug.

The Council is also requesting the city create its own ordinance banning the sale of spice in city stores.