Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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 …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The national gas chain has asked local station owners to stop the sale of Spice and K2 following tragedies, including death of Bloomfield Township teen.
BP has become the latest company to ask its gas stations to stop selling Spice and K-2 in the wake of three local tragedies. In a letter sent Tuesday, Susan Hayden of BP asked local gas station owners to stop selling Spice and other products that are usually labeled as incense to "mask their intended purpose." "Beginning immediately, all BP-branded sites are prohibited from displaying, using, storing, offering or selling illegal drugs, OR synthetic drugs produced to mimic illegal drugs, (including, but not limited to cannabinoids), or items that are intended or designed for use in ingesting, inhaling or otherwise consuming an illegal drug," Hayden wrote in the letter. "Prohibited items will include, but not be limited to, pipes, tubes, …
Community support and widespread action to ban the legal, synthetic drug that killed Bloomfield Township teen has kept the family going.
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The family of Oliver Smith spoke together for the first time with the media about the tragic death of the Bloomfield Township teen due to what authorities believe is an overdose of K-2. Amid their grief, Larry and Mary Jo Smith said they have been overwhelmed by the community support received since their son’s body was found along Wing Lake on May 26, according to wxyz.com. They spoke together with Channel 7 reporters from their home for a story that aired Tuesday night. "The love and support, I don’t think we could get through without that,” Larry Smith said. “Amazing,” Mary Jo continued. “From the minute we found out, people were here holding us up, and they’re still here.” They said they've also taken some comfort in knowing Oliver’s …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The emergency ordinance will make the sale or possession of K-2 a misdemeanor with penalties of $500 and/or up to 90 days in jail.
West Bloomfield on Monday became the first local government to implement a ban on the synthetic marijuana — known as K-2 or Spice — in the wake of recent tragedies, including the apparent deadly overdose of a Bloomfield Township teen. The West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted to make the substance, which is sold legally — for now — a misdemeanor crime to possess or sell within township borders. Those found guilty of violating the ban face a penalties of $500 and/or up to 90 days in jail. Clerk Cathy Shaughnessy said the ordinance could be enforced as early as today. “We requested this ordinance be drafted after the overdose death of a Bloomfield Township teenager over the Memorial Day weekend,” wrote Shaughnessy …