Should the Sale of Spice be Banned in Michigan?
A state representative is proposing that K-2—a synthetic form of marijuana known as Spice—be banned in Michigan, while the Township Board in West Bloomfield will consider a ban.
The sale of K-2—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 attacked his family, killing his father and severely injuring his mother and brother.
Attorneys for Sandra Layne, the 74-year-old who allegedly shot and killed her 17-year-old grandson Jonathan Hoffman May 18, have said that Hoffman may have been under the influence when he was killed.
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.
Other local officials are taking notice, too.
The possession and sale of K-2 may be banned in West Bloomfield Township as early as next week. The Township Board will consider the adoption of an emergency ordinance making the possession or sale of such products a misdemeanor at next Monday's meeting, according to a release issued Thursday.
"The availability of Spice to our youth is of grave concern to our community. High school students perceive this as a safe and legal drug since they can obtain it at a gas station. However, this is not safe and should be illegal," said Treasurer Teri Weingarden.
The proposed 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.
“We are taking action to protect our children,” said Clerk Cathy Shaughnessy. “We have witnessed too many local tragedies involving kids using this dangerous drug. It is important that we at least make it more difficult for minors to obtain this substance while the Michigan Legislature considers a statewide ban.”
What do you think? Should Spice be banned in Michigan?