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.