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Business Owners Refuse to Stop Selling K2/Spice

Some local business owners have said they will continue to sell Spice/K2 on their shelves until the substance is ban from Michigan.

sold to young adults at corner liquor stores, gas stations and smoke shops are making plans to educate the public.

William Miskokoman, the father of a Utica teen who became addicted to K2/spice said he is organizing a rally outside the Citgo Gas Station on 21 and Van Dyke because it has been selling spice to high school students. He has created a Facebook page for residents to learn more about upcoming rallies, legislation and petitions.

Citgo Gas Station owner David Dabish told Patch he had been selling spice to people of all ages, but recently, since spice manufacturers have been printing on the package not to sell to minors, he has been asking for ID and not selling to people under 18.

Dabish opened Woodstock Tobacco just a few hundred feet away from the gas station that also sells a variety of spices. He told Patch he would not stop selling the substance until it's illegal.

The business owner refused to speak on camera with Patch, but he did say that if the local police departments try to stop him from selling spices before it's banned in Michigan, he will fight hard. "I have deep pockets," he told Patch.

Across the street from the Citgo Gas Station, A&B Liquor Store owner Wally Quarana said he had taken spice off his shelves for a while last month because he didn't want to contribute to the misuse of the substance. However, after seeing that other local stores would not do the same, he decided to start selling the products again.

Quarana said customers told him there is a line of high school-aged teenagers purchasing cigarettes and spice from the Citgo across the street early in the morning before school starts.

"I don't want to sell it, but if it's not against the law and the customers will go somewhere else, why would I lose money?" said Quarana.

In Independence Township, after a group of residents visited local businesses, a number of party stores, gas stations and smoke shops have signed a pledge not to sell Spice, K2 and other synthetic drugs, according to the Oakland Press.

No such pledge has been circulated in Shelby Township or Utica.

Shelby Township Police Captain Steven Stanbury said that the local police departments continue to check up on businesses selling Spice, but until they get more "clear-cut guidelines in enforcement, we'll continue to educate the public."

Update: After the story was published, Quarana called Patch and said he planned to remove all K2 and Spice from his store's shelves because he doesn't need the "headache" and he doesn't want to contribute to the sale of the products in the community.

carol j May 30, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Tell your kids just say no.Only adults know how to handle this.And I'm all for it.I like it if kids are stupid to try this and you told them not to.Than it's there stupid fault,they know what they are doing! So leave the stores alone!!
carol j May 30, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Leave the stores alone ... do omthing nore better donate blood.I'm all for funky green stuff!! I love it wow makes you relax ya,ya,ya,ya, how sweet it is party!!!!!
4onlineuse May 30, 2012 at 03:43 PM
K-2 is an extremely dangerous dangerous (spice/potpourri) and it is has become highly-misused. Kids (and some adults alike) think it's OK because it isnt illegal. Well snorting comet is dangerous and isn't illegal either but we arent taking it off the shelves. We didnt take Glade air freshener off the shelves or boycott the grocery stores that sold it because 15 years ago huffing was cool. Kids think they are invinsible and we can talk to them all until we are blue in the face and some are still going to do it no matter how good our parenting is. So what is it - is it that K2 is more widespread? K2 is more dangerous? K2 makes people lose their mind and kill for it? K2 is easy to get? K2 is more addictive? It's not about parenting or free-market or deep pockets or irresponsible store owners. K2 IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS - AND IS BEING USED EPIDEMICALLY - SO WE NEED TO STOP ALLOWING AVAILABILITY.
4onlineuse May 30, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Excellent point Valerie. We should always remain accountable for the good of our community.
Tony May 30, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Derek,...Smokers Outlet DOES sell the Popouri that has many many names Cush,Spice,K2,Magic, ect ect ect.Whatever the name is immaterial , the stuff is sold under a zillion different names. So GET YOUR information right,...cause my son bought some there and we went into the store and told them not to sell to my son again.
Tony May 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Derek,...Smokers Outlet DOES indeed sell it. They sell it under the name Cush,Spice,K2,Magic and a zillion other names.The name Spice or K2 are just generic names that refer to ALL the so-called popouri that is stratigially labeled " Not for Human consumption" (Wink-Wink) I know because my son bought some from them, so YOU get your Information right !
Ray Miller May 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM
This is a link of a FOX 2 Detroit story last night. http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/another-teen%27s-close-call-with-k2-20120529-km . They interview a worker at the Citgo gas station on Van Dyke. After seeing this interview I definitely won't be buying anything from this place. They are selling so much of this junk that the same owners recently opened Woodstock Tobacco right down the street where they are also are selling K2. Shelby Township needs to pay closer attention to the type of business owners they are allowing into the township!!
Maureen May 31, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Valarie, This is perfectly said and I couldn't agree more. While I understand the importance of a business and the concept of supply and demand, there is no gain when so much is up for loss. Much like healthy and unhealthy foods, smoking vs non-smoking and any other comparison of good vs. bad; it is silly that we have to make a law because people don't value their lives enough to not consume something that does so much harm. When it comes down to right and wrong, these business owners are wrong for selling a substance that can kill.
Joseph Jacobs May 31, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Just so you know, your kids can get anything from cocaine to meth right from their classrooms if they wanted to.
Dolores June 01, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Dear CITGO-Branded Marketer, As a valued CITGO Marketer, we know you share our commitment to supporting local communities in a variety of ways. One of the most fundamental ways you can help consumers is by keeping dangerous products off the shelves in CITGO-branded locations. 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. At least 40 states have banned their sale in some form and legislation is pending in other states. Clearly, the sale of these substances creates a negative image that is disparaging to the CITGO brand and the many individual identities that your retail locations have in their communities. Therefore, the sale of these substances in a CITGO-branded location is prohibited under our Marketer Franchise Agreement (the “MFA”). Should sales of these substances at CITGObranded locations continue after the date of this letter, CITGO may take such action as it deems appropriate to protect its brand image, including debranding the location. If you have any questions, please contact your Region Manager. We thank you for your support and immediate action in this matter, and for your continuing support of your local community. Sincerely, Alan Flagg General Manager Light Oils Marketing CITGO Petroleum Corporation
Dolores June 01, 2012 at 10:25 PM
CITGO CORP issued letter. If not adhered to, please call them to let them know. Thank you CITGO CORP for caring about the customers and community!!
Danny June 01, 2012 at 11:13 PM
WILD BILL’S TOBACCO & SMOKERS OUTLET ARE K2/SPICE-FREE Wild Bills Tobacco and Smokers Outlet do not carry any synthetic cannabinoid products, commonly known under the brand names “K2” and “Spice” Press Release June 1, 2012 – Clawson, MI – Wild Bill’s Tobacco, Smokers Outlet and its affiliated outlets, Smokey Joes and Dirt Cheap Tobacco, announced that all forty-two (42) of its retail locations do not carry or offer for sale the products commonly known as K2 or Spice (or any other similar products). The Wild Bill’s Tobacco and Smokers Outlet chain, which recently began offering franchise opportunities, is the 8th largest tobacco retailer in the country. “We pride ourselves on being a corporate leader, a good neighbor, and a responsible citizen of the communities we serve and as such we do not carry these types of products” -said Mike Samona, Chief Executive Officer. “As a leader in the tobacco retail industry, we hope that other retailers, whether they be gas stations, party stores or tobacco stores, follow our direction and remove these products from their shelves. The decision not to carry these products is consistent with our corporate responsibilities.”-said Samona. “We invite the public to come into our first class stores, shop and see that we are K2/Spice-free. We invite the public to visit our website (www.wildbillstobacco.com) to share their comments or ask questions”-said Samona.
Brady K. June 02, 2012 at 03:53 AM
, June 1, 2012 I went to 6 smokers outlets today, and non of them carried any spice. I was surprised, but not not shocked. It's great to see that a franchise that big not sell this harmful product!
Tony June 02, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Now we have to get to BP .because some of those stations are selling K2
Jake Aleck June 02, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Kids wanna get high! They will find ways to do it. Just sayin' if Pot was legal, less "kids/teens/whatever" would buy the fake "pot"(and less people would be frying their brains)
Jake Aleck June 02, 2012 at 12:45 PM
How many people have overdosed on Marijuana?
Lisa June 02, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I guarantee that the Citgo in Shelby will be selling it out the back door. I was in there a few weeks ago to get my lottery tickets and at least 5 teens came in a purchesed this crap. One of them looked 13 and was riding his bike. They never asked for ID.
shonda lynn June 02, 2012 at 10:55 PM
you dont care what happens to kids who smoke this crap? shame on you ,you jerk.
Tony June 03, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I am wondering if the Citgo is moving its K2 products over to its other store Woodstock a few feet north of the gas station.We should send in younger people as plants to see if they are still selling it on the sly/ out the back door.....Their suppliers probably won't take back their inventory so they'll be trying to sell what they have. If they really wanted to PROVE to the community that they are sincere about not selling it anymore....they should publicly destroy their inventory in plain site.....
Don't need to know June 06, 2012 at 10:39 PM
They don't sell to minors at all, and kids will find a way to get high so we might ad well just legalize weed, at least it's safer. And this guy isn't a jerk at all, he dosnt sell to minors
Ka kaaaw June 08, 2012 at 06:59 AM
Ive smoked funky green black sabbath super kush kimchi gi jane demon wicked darkness pretty much every kind for over 2 years and see nothing wrong with me. Ppl shld mind their own business and leave citgo alone. Smoke erydayy
carol jeffers July 06, 2012 at 07:25 PM
i FEEL GREAT THAT PEOPLE TOOK IT OFF THE SHELFS.THANK GOD.I MADE A MISTAKE AND I LEARN DON'T BE STUPID LIKE I WAS.iI DID SOME BECAUSE IT WAS LEGAL I WILL NEVER DO THAT AGAIN.CLEAN AT LAST.!!! KIDS DON'T DO IT!!!!! IT'S NOT WORTH IT IN THE LONG RUN .iT WILL TAKE U UNDER AND RUIN YOUR LIFE FOR GOOD!! THANK THE PEOPLE FOR SAVING LIVES AND GETTING THIS CRAP OUT OF SHELBY FOR GOOD. PLEASE LISTEN TO YOUR PARENTS!!!!
Dan Bartold July 19, 2012 at 05:15 PM
BTW - My sarcastic comment is in reference to what Citgo Gas Station owner David Dabish said, not what I believe.
Chris September 13, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Well there still selling stuff to get you high. I don't think they will ever stop. New stuff are these papers that get you extremly high.
Becky with a wonderful son October 10, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I am a FRUSTRATED mom. I have just learned that the BP gas station in downtown Kalamazoo recognized my son as he walked up to buy cigarettes and slapped a package of something (new k2 stuff) in the window at him. He told me about this because after the ban on the stuff he got his act together and got a job and we are/were really relieved and proud of him. HOWEVER, his behavior in the last week has led me to believe that he has, once again, begun using this stuff. I am so scared for him. What to do??
Becky with a wonderful son October 10, 2012 at 05:22 PM
my son isn't a minor. but if it is not for human consumption, why do you need to be an adult. ANYWAY, I work at a hospital, and this stuff is killing kids. of all ages, and their dreams. And, the weed of today is NOT the weed of the 70's and 80's...be informed on what you want to legalize has evolved and it VERY dangerous.
Becky with a wonderful son October 10, 2012 at 05:25 PM
wonder what people who love you have to say about whether nothing is wrong with you...are you employeed? student? good grades? just wondering.
Becky with a wonderful son October 10, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Thank you.
jane doe November 28, 2012 at 08:55 PM
MOST places continue to sell these products however will not take on new users..you can imagine why. So forget picking on the stores and start focusing on your kids. Educate them about this stuff focus on their friends who they are hanging out with what they are doing you are becomming the problem. Even if we get this stuff off of the shelf it will be on the street that's just the way it is.
jane doe November 28, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Some of these comment are quite humorous. These products are still being sold ten fold..the only problem? Since the gas stations aren't selling them garage chemists are making "street" versions of this synthetic chemical. These require no id to purchase no regulation and are made with little other than money in mind. People wouldn't stop until weed was illegal the power has since been in the hands of the dealer and only 19 percent of our 17 year old kids have never tried it. And on the flip side anyone ever asked where the need for this synthetic compound came from? People began consuming it to stay within the confines of the law. Because they have no desire to do wrong, to lose their jobs or to disobey the law. So congrats on your fight looks like you may even when. But when this stuff begins to be sold on street corners in schools or when an even more dangerous product arises to take its place. Who is to blame then? Well I will blame you and your ignorance

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