Gov. Snyder Expected to Sign K-2, Spice Ban Into Law
Possessing and distributing the synthetic drugs tied to multiple local tragedies will be outlawed starting July 1.
Gov. Rick Snyder is expected today to sign a package of bills that will outlaw the synthetic drugs known as K-2 or Spice.
The substance has been sold legally because it is marketed as herbal incense or potpurri, and is labeled "not for human consumption." However, police agencies from around metro Detroit have reported multiple crimes, bizarre incidents, and even the overdose death of a Bloomfield Township teen tied to it's use as a recreational drug.
Oliver Smith, 18, was found dead on May 26 by a fisherman on the shore of Wing Lake, and Bloomfield Township Police said his death was directly related to using K-2. The tragedy sparked a national petition drive to implement a federal ban, and mobilized local municipalities to implement their own ordinances prohibiting its distribution at businesses like gas stations and smoke shops. Troy became the latest city to implement a ban on Monday night.
The ban allows the Director of Community Health the ability to notify the administrator of the Board of Pharmacy that it should meet to temporarily ban a substance that DCH has determined can cause imminent danger to a person’s health. It would temporarily classify the synthetic drugs as a controlled substance, which then helps law enforcement combat legal loopholes should different chemical variations of K-2 begin to enter the market.
Snyder is expected to sign the bills prior to an interactive tele-town hall today that will take place 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.