Gov. Snyder Expected to Sign Into Law K2, Spice Ban Today


English: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

English: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Critics of the synthetic drug known as K2 or Spice have been calling for a statewide ban on the substance, which can have powerful side effects.

On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign into law a ban on the drug, state Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth) told the Plymouth City Commission on Monday. He told local leaders to continue doing what they’re doing at the local level while the state legislation takes shape.

The substance has been sold legally because it is marketed as herbal incense or potpourri and is labeled “not for human consumption.”

The Detroit Free Press reports: “One of the bills updates the list of chemicals used to make synthetic drugs and would make them illegal to possess and sell. The ban would go into effect July 1.”

Other legislation would go into effect immediately and authorize the state to temporarily ban a substance if officials decide it poses an “imminent danger to people’s health. It is designed to allow health officials to respond quicker to changing formulas used in synthetic drugs,” the Free Pressreports.

Heise said there’s an important concern about the bills, which the legislature is attempting to preemptively address.

“K2 and Spice, by the nature of its chemical composition and trickery of those who manufacture the drugs, are one step ahead of law enforcement and parents,” Heise said. Once a ban is in place, he said, “The folks making this will come back with different chemical combinations and different marketing gimmicks.”

This governor’s signing will take place prior to an interactive tele-town hall Tuesday to be held at the Northville Township offices at 6:30 p.m. Snyder will take questions online, from Lansing, via a Google+ Hangout from groups in Northville and other towns around Michigan.

Public safety officials from Plymouth, Northville and Canton townships recently joined law enforcement around the area in calling on local businesses to stop selling the substance.

 

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