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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.

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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