Gov. Snyder Expected to Sign Into Law K2, Spice Ban on Tuesday
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, which has been sold legally because it is marketed as herbal incense or potpurri 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 "imminent danger to people's health. It is designed to allow health officials to respond quicker to changing formulas used in synthetic drugs," the Free Press reports.
The resolution stated that the Ferndale City Council opposes the "availability and use of herbal incense products consisting of plants and other materials treated with synthetic cannabinoids within the city of Ferndale" and "requests the Michigan Legislature adopt legislation banning the sale and possession of these dangerous substances as soon as possible."
Earlier this month, Ferndale Police Chief Timothy Collins sent notices to about 30 local vendors asking for participation in an initiative that would discontinue the sale of the products in the city and received "overwhelming support," with every business owner contacted complying with the request.
Snyder's signing will take place prior to an interactive tele-town hall Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. where the governor will take questions online, from Lansing, via a Google+ Hangout from groups in Northville, Lansing, Grand Rapids and other towns.