Are you familiar with the recent law banning K2?
K2 or bath salts or spice is a synthetic hallucinogenic substance that mimics the effects of cannabis. This drug became famous when a Miami Florida man ate a homeless man’s face. Here in Detroit, K2 was giving us problems of our own.
According to an article by USNews, K2 contains synthetic stimulants like meohedrone or methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV). This drug can be snorted, swallowed or injected and is a far cry from any type bath salts you might use to relax in the tub.
In the first part of June, I published the article, Michigan House Panel Moves to Criminalize K2 Distribution, that discussed how the Michigan House panel was moving to criminalize K2. Later that month, I published the article, K2 Made Illegal in Michigan, that shared how Governor Rick Snyder had signed a package of bills into law that make the selling or use of K2 illegal.
Prior to this law, you could purchase this product online and at your local gas station all over the state of Michigan. Governor Synder said,
We’ve lost young people because of this drug. So it’s time we did something about it.
This drug’s effects included vomiting, agitation, paranoia, rapid heart rate, seizures, loss of physical control and hallucinations.
While this drug hasn’t been in the news, much that has changed. Last week, a Shelby Township family that has been accused of distributing K2 was arraigned of criminal charges.
The Detroit Free Press reported:
Shelby Township Police Chief Roland Woelkers said members of the Dabish family sold the substance at their Citgo gas station and Woodstock Smoke Shop, on Van Dyke between 21 Mile and 22 Mile roads, after a law banning it passed earlier this year.
The police searched 5 separate locations finding thousands of dollars worth of K2 and lesser amounts of marijuana and cocaine.
K2 was made illegal due to its destructive nature which back in June included 183 people hospitalized, 91 of those were teenagers.
For more information about the drug see The Michigan Department of Community Health Fact Sheet on K2, see: Synthetic Marijuana – K2 or Spice Fact Sheet