LANSING, Mich. - The governor of Michigan will soon sign several bills that ban the sale of Spice and K2, the Detroit Free Press reports. The Michigan House and Senate approved the measures this week. Once signed, the law will go into effect on July 1.
"This is something that we very much anticipate the governor signing," said Sara Wurfel, spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder. "He views this issue as very important."
One proposal bans chemicals used to make the synthetic drugs, while another gives the state the authority to immediately and temporarily ban a substance on the recommendation of the Michigan Department of Community Health. "We need to react faster to get ahead of rogue chemists that are creating substances ... designed only to get people high," said state Sen. Rick Jones, who sponsored the legislation.
The Michigan Food and Beverage Association (MFBA) applauded the swift passage of legislation banning the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana products. The MFBA, whose members include convenience stores, gas stations, and party stores, also voiced its support of the collaborative effort announced this week by the Detroit Police and the local business community to halt the sale of K2 and Spice products in the tri-county area.
"This marks an important step in the effort to stop sales of this deadly and dangerous family of products," said MFBA President/CEO Jennifer Kluge, in a press release. Earlier this month, the MFBA publicly advocated a "no sale" policy for synthetic marijuana products, while supporting state legislative efforts to strengthen laws banning the products.
In April, New York banned the sale of synthetic marijuana products.