Gov. Snyder Expected to Sign Into Law K2, Spice Ban on Tuesday
The ban on the synthetic drugs would go into effect on July 1.
On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign into law a ban on the drug, state Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth) told Northville's city council Monday night. 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 Press reports.
Heise said there's an important concern about the bills, which the legislature is attempting to preemptively address.
"As soon as we come up with these rules, the bad guys try and get around it," he said.
In Troy alone, police have recently responded to a report of a 15-year-old girl "freaking out" in a park after smoking K2, arrested a 19-year-old driving under the influence of K2 and discovered a teen hiding in the trunk of a car and smoking K2.
Spice is also reportedly behind the recent hospitalization of a 16-year-old Rochester Hills boy found uncooperative and speaking incoherently on his lawn and the death of an 18-year-old Bloomfield Township resident, whose body was discovered by a fisherman along the shore of Wing Lake in Bloomfield Township.
Most notably, Tucker Cipriano, 19, of Farmington Hills is believed to have been high on synthetic marijuana in April when he is accused of attacking his family, killing his father and severely injuring his mother and brother.
NOTE: This story was updated on June 19 at 6:53 a.m.