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Macomb County Committee Passes Resolutions Against K2

The county committee is the latest in a string of government officials to take a stand against Spice, a designer drug that's been sold throughout the state.

The Macomb County Board of Commissioners’ Justice and Public Safety Committee passed resolutions Tuesday against K2, also known as Spice.

The resolutions—in support of a state Senate bill banning the designer drug and encouraging residents to oppose K2—will go before the full board Thursday night in Mount Clemens for approval, according to the county.

“These substances have shown to be a hazard to public health and safety, and it is clear that they need to be regulated in our community and beyond,” Commissioner Phil DiMaria, who chairs the Justice and Public Safety Committee, said in a prepared statement.

. The county also launched a public program called K2 Kops that encourages citizens to report establishments that sell Spice.

The county committee showed support for Michigan legislation aimed at curbing the synthetic drug's distribution.

“I wholeheartedly support Senate Bill 1082. While currently legal and being marketed as seemingly harmless, substances such as K2/Spice are anything but safe, and should be treated as such,” Justice and Public Safety Committee co-chair Joe Sabatini added.

Among the resolution points:

  • Synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cathinones are reported to be widely available for sale in Macomb County.
  • The emergency department at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital and other local emergency departments report seeing significant and increasing numbers of persons suffering serious health effects from use of synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cathinones.
  • The regional Poison Control Center reports a doubling in the rate of cases of Macomb County residents poisoned by synthetic cannabinoids from 2011 to 2012.
  • There is imminent danger to the health or lives of Macomb County residents from the unregulated use of synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cathinones.

The committee resolutions took place shortly after Chesterfield Township Board of Trustees during its Monday night meeting.

The Board of Commissioners meeting is held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Administration Building, 1 S. Main, Mount Clemens. 

Dave June 10, 2012 at 04:08 PM
It's great to see that these politicians aren't waiting for some other politicians to fix their problems. I like the emergency order. Now that i've done a little research on these products though.. i wonder what took so long. This could of been done years ago and prevented at least some of our kids from dying. I know i just found out about the problem a few months ago.. but you guys must of heard about it way sooner. You all could of done some research a couple years ago when it first arrived here and you'd of known about how to do the emergency order then. I hate to keep placing blame on others for this.. but, the way i see it.. someone should of noticed this earlier. And as for the senate bill 1082, i took a look at that too... it's basically toothless. It's the same approach that has gotten us into this trouble in the first place. It does nothing to prevent stores from coming up with yet another disquise.. they could put it in tea bags, or some other product and just reformulate it again. It is the act of selling drugs of any kind in gas stations and convience stores and allowing them to deceive people as to it's proper use that needs to be addressed. We need to tell party store owners that they are not pharmacists. Anyways.. glad to see this action finally.. i just hope someone follows thru with more than just talk.
Lilly June 22, 2012 at 02:19 PM
They bust people for real weed so they smoke this crap and end up dead or chewin someones face off..I have seen people when they smoke this fake crap and they just get weird. Leave nature alone.
Kelly Cooksey January 17, 2013 at 11:50 PM
I am ashamed yet I feel that it is important that I tell my story .I was a hardcore alcoholic for thirty years and by the grace of a higher power I have found sobrity but I still have depression problems and sometimes I can be a bear to my family and friends . to make a long story short I tried this so called LEGAL pottporri I am very ashamed of myself but also so very thankful that the Lord allowed me to live .I believe that this is a very terrable thing that is happening to our children, and adults I would love any info on committees against this huge problem any info send to soupybulldog@hotmail.com

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