Synthetic marijuana products are sold as harmless bath salts or incense, but are actually dangerous drugs that are harming Southwest Michigan residents, especially young people.
Many parents and citizens have told me that these substances are still being sold at local stores.
I am proud to say that these products, commonly sold as K2 or Spice, will soon be permanently banned in Michigan after legislation to keep these drugs out of stores was sent to the governor to be signed.
Manufacturers try to get around the current law by continuously changing their compounds ever so slightly.
Once signed, the new laws will allow the state to keep up with producers and punish those who continue to sell the drugs. To achieve this, the Board of Pharmacy and the Department of Community Health will be able to file emergency rules to ban dangerous designer drugs by listing them as controlled substances.
A person who violates the new law would be guilty of a felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000 or both.
Chief Randel Pompey of the Coloma Township Police Department said: “These reforms will be a great tool that law enforcement can use to protect our communities from this incredibly dangerous trend.”
These addictive drugs have been linked to several deaths and hospitalizations, yet many teenagers do not understand the real risks of consuming them.
I strongly supported these measures because it is time to once and for all keep our children safe by cracking down on deadly synthetic drugs.