Monday, July 2, 2012
The ban on the sale of synthetic marijuana went into effect this week.
Sellers and users of the synthetic marijuana substance known as K2 or Spice beware: Northville police are monitoring the sale of the substance and enforcing a ban signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in June. Key provisions of the ban went into effect this week prohibiting the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. Around the state, prior to the ban, the substance had been legally sold in gas stations, party stores and other businesses because it was marketed as incense, potpurri and not for human consumption. In the city of Northville, Chief Gary Goss said no businesses appear to be selling the substance. He said city police will also be alert for the substance during patrols and traffic stops. "Now that it’s not on the store shelves, doesn’t …
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.
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.
Several police departments in communities across Metro Detroit – including Northville – have called for businesses to stop selling the synthetic substance known as Spice or K2. 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 Emergency Trauma Center, said, “it really isn’t. Marijuana has a …
Wednesday, June 6, 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 …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The department is joining other local police in calling for area businesses to voluntarily stop selling the controversial synthetic drug.
Northville Township Public Safety Director John Werth is joining other local police chiefs in asking stores in Western Wayne County to stop the sale of the controversial drug K2. The sale of K2—a synthetic drug also known as Spice and bath salts—has drawn much attention throughout Michigan in recent weeks. Most notably, Tucker Cipriano, 19, of Farmington Hills is believed to have been high on synthetic marijuana in April when he attacked his family, killing his father and severely injuring his mother and brother. Last week, state Rep. George Darany (D-Dearborn) introduced legislation aimed to combat the sale and use of synthetic marijuana in the state of Michigan. Police Chiefs in Northville, Canton and Plymouth townships will send letters…