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Should West Bloomfield Ban the Sale of Spice?

Township Board proposes that K2—a synthetic form of marijuana known as Spice—be banned in West Bloomfield.

The sale of K2——has drawn much attention throughout the state of Michigan in recent weeks.

The possession and sale of K-2 may be banned in West Bloomfield Township as early as tonight. The Township Board will consider the adoption of an emergency ordinance making the possession or sale of such products a misdemeanor at Monday's meeting.

"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.”

According to a fact sheet from the Michigan Department of Community Health, 224 instances of synthetic marijuana exposure were discovered in Michigan in 2011. Robin Walsh, a therapist at who treats teens addicted to the drug, says smoking K2 can cause hallucinations, seizures, vomiting, drowsiness, paranoia, tremors, loss of physical control, and higher blood pressure and heart rates.

Many parents have expressed concern about . Most notably,, 19, of Farmington Hills is believed to have been high on synthetic marijuana in April when he attacked his family, .

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Darany’s proposal comes after many local communities have rallied to have Spice banned.

Facebook groups have been formed in , protests have been held in , and parents have teamed up in .

Also on the agenda

The complete agenda is available at the township's website and attached to this Article (PDF).

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Nancy Besser June 05, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Should banning spice even be a question? It should have been done already why wait for other victims?
Shabnam Mousavi June 06, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I would like to warn the government that if any more drama happens regarding spices they need to answer. These drugs make the user braine totaly clouded and the user gets impare judgement. WHY such a drug should be sold in our gass stations and cigar bars. I want an answer WHY government let these happen to our young generation. All kids on probation use these drugs because wont show on theire urine but they get same high as other illegal drugs. So why even bother put them on probation. Please take this a serious danger to our future generation.

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