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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.

Critics of the synthetic drug known as – including – have been calling for a statewide ban on the substance, which has powerful and dangerous 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 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 after smoking K2, arrested a 19-year-old and discovered a teen .

Spice is also reportedly behind the recent found uncooperative and speaking incoherently on his lawn and the , whose body along the shore of Wing Lake in Bloomfield Township.

Most notably, , 19, of Farmington Hills is believed to have been high on synthetic marijuana in April when he is accused of attacking his family, .

NOTE: This story was updated on June 19 at 6:53 a.m.

RB June 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM
This is good stuff. Drunk driving happens everyday, killing people. The one that freaked out was on something else. I do it along with friends and family. I am still alive and no problems. Beer and hard liquor is bad. The state and DEA is pissed because we make more money than gold is worth. Sorry we are trying to survive a corrupted law system that prevent most hard working Americans to do the right thing. Everyone else in state and government cheats to get to the top. Why can't we do the same?
Shelly June 22, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Herbal incense is an aromatherapy and used as such. With these incidents occurring and much research and study, I have found that people smoking herbal incense have also been adding other drugs to the poppurri. Herbal incense is pure natural and only has such effects as drugs when components such as JW018 and other clarified ILLEGAL ingredients are put in the smoke. I firmly believe that due to people who are irresponsible and mix other drugs with herbal incense are the reason the DEA has cracked down and of course they want to blame the poppurri when in reality it's all about the money made which is completely too much for a regular person like you or I should even make.
BrendonO January 02, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Trying to ban herbal incense is just dumb. I don't even believe that it is dangerous, that just reminds me of anti-marijuana propaganda. I research different types of herbal incense on http://smokingblendreviews.com and buy some every other month. I love the stuff and don't think it's causing me any harm.

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