On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a series of bills aimed at curbing a newly emerging narcotics and drug problem in Michigan. More specifically, the governor signed new laws banning Spice and K2, and similar synthetic drugs. The new laws aim to curb the chemicals used to make the drugs and give the state the ability to temporarily ban drugs that are found to be an imminent danger to people's health.
Synthetic marijuana, more commonly known as K2 or Spice in Michigan, has become a cause for concern among the Michigan legislature and state and local police forces. Last Tuesday, the Michigan Senate approved several measures to make the possession, distribution, or sale of the substance illegal while allowing the Michigan Department of Community Health to impose a temporary ban on new substances deemed an imminent danger to people's health. Macomb County, the city of Detroit, and numerous other metro-Detroit governments have already enacted similar measures. The bills will now make their way to Governor Rick Snyder's desk where, upon his signature, the new laws will take effect statewide beginning July 1.