Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Dearborn City Council's ordinance mirrors the new state law aimed at stopping the sale of synthetic marijuana.
Just hours after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a bundle of bills aiming to ban synthetic marijuana production and sale in the state, Dearborn City Council approved a similar ordinance banning the product in the city. The local ordinance change was put into motion this month in an effort to align city law with the expected change in state law. "It's more to show the public that Dearborn cares," Council President Tom Tafelski said of the ordinance. "We're just trying to be proactive." According to MLive, Gov. Snyder said he was confident that the bills would help combat sale and consumption of the drug. "This is overdue," Snyder said. "This is one of those 'war-on-drug' kind of questions that's going to be a challenge going ahead…
Monday, June 18, 2012
The ban on the synthetic drugs would go into effect on July 1.
Critics of the synthetic drug known as K2 or Spice have been calling for a statewide ban on the substance, which can have powerful side effects. On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign into law a ban on the drug, state Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth) confirmed Monday. 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 "…
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Join members of the Brighton Hospital Addiction Team to discuss the facts about K2 and other synthetic drugs.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Addiction team from the Brighton Center for Recovery Hospital answers viewers questions during live web chat. Check out the chat transcript.
It was a lively and infomative debate between viewers and a team of addiction specialists from the Brighton Center for Recovery Tuesday during the one-hour live web chat on about K2 on Patch.com. Dr. David Yanga, addictionoligist and family practitioner, along with John Furey, Brighton counseling supervisor and Scott Masi, Brighton addiction outreach specialist, were on hand from noon to 1 p.m. to field readers' questions. To read a transcript of the chat, click on the Cover It Live box. For more information, visit the Brighton Center for Recovery Hospital.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
With so much being said in the media about Spice, Patch takes a look at some cold hard facts about the synthetic drug. Also, listen to a young adult's first-hand account with the deadly substance.
It’s been cited as the cause of 18-year-old Bloomfield Township resident Oliver Smith’s death and is alleged to have influenced 19-year-old Farmington Hills resident Tucker Cipriano’s fatal attack on his family. It’s called Spice, or K2, but what exactly is this increasingly infamous substance? The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines “Spice,” as “a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis) and that are marketed as ‘safe,’ legal alternatives to that drug.” However, NIDA, law enforcement officials and doctors in the Metro Detroit area say the substance is anything but “safe.” Although Spice is commonly defined as “synthetic marijuana,” Dr. Sanford Vieder, director of Botsford Hospital's …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
In a letter sent June 5, Police Chief Ronald Haddad calls on businesses to stop selling the synthetic drug immidiately.
The Dearborn Police Department and Dearborn Public Schools are the latest to join the movement to keep the synthetic drug known as K2 or Spice out of Dearborn. Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad sent a letter to Dearborn businesses on Tuesday informing them of the dangers of the drug, as well as asking them to immediately remove K2 and any related products from their shelves. Additionally, Haddad said in the letter that he supports emergency state legislation that will outlaw the products, and is asking the City of Dearborn to look into changing applicable city ordinances to reflect the same. Though K2 is illegal in the state of Michigan, producers of the product have been able to dodge the law by altering the chemical makeup of the drug…
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The national gas chain has asked local station owners to stop the sale of Spice and K2.
BP has become the latest company to ask its gas stations to stop selling Spice and K2—a synthetic drug that has generated much controversy throughout Michigan, and the country. 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 …
Friday, June 1, 2012
In a letter, a company leader asks local owners to stop selling Spice or K2—a synthetic form of marijuana—at all of its stations, effective immediately.
Citgo has asked the owners of its gas stations to stop selling K2 and Spice—a synthetic form of marijuana. The sale of K2 and Spice has caused concern for many parents and local officials in Michigan, and Alan Flagg, the general manager of light oils marketing for Citgo, joined the outcry. In a letter dated May 31, Flagg asked the local owners of Citgo stations to stop the sale of K2 at locally-owned, Citgo-branded locations, even in states where the substances are legal, including Michigan. “Substances such as synthetic marijuana and Bath Salts, sold under a variety of names, including Spice and K2, have proven to be harmful substances, especially for teenagers,” Flagg wrote in the letter. “At least 40 states have banned their sale in …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
A state representative is proposing that K2—a synthetic form of marijuana known as Spice—be banned in Michigan.
The sale of K2—a synthetic drug also known as Spice—has drawn much attention throughout the state of Michigan in recent weeks. Many parents have expressed concern about Spice in the wake of several incidents. Most notably, Tucker Cipriano, 19, of Farmington Hills is believed to have been high on synthetic marijuana in April when he was accused of attacking his family, killing his father and severely injuring his mother and brother. On Wednesday, Michigan state Rep. George Darany (D-Dearborn) introduced legislation aimed to combat the sale and use of synthetic marijuana in the state of Michigan. Darany’s proposal comes after many local communities have rallied to have Spice banned. Facebook groups have been formed in White Lake, protests …
House Bill 5709 would require the state to analyze and report on synthetic marijuana.
Michigan state Rep. George Darany (D-Dearborn) on Wednesday introduced legislation aimed to combat the sale and use of synthetic marijuana in the state of Michigan, according to Darany's office. The legislation–House Bill 5709–would require the Michigan Department of Community Health in cooperation with the State Police to analyze the content of the herbal mixtures and create a written report of its findings. The bill concerns rampant sale and use of the synthetic drug known commonly as K2 or Spice. The drug has stirred up opposition in Michigan–especially recently, with several highly publicized cases of violence or health problems resulting in teens who used the drug. Several groups in Michigan–including one started by a Dearborn …