DETROIT - Officials in the Detroit area are teaming up on efforts to prevent the sale of so-called synthetic marijuana. Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee is announcing the effort Wednesday with members of Tri-County Business Community, a group that includes hundreds of Detroit business owners.
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The announcement comes a day after the Michigan Senate gave the Legislature's final approval to bills that would ban the substance, sold under trade names like Spice and K2. It's been available in stores and has been blamed for health problems and violent behavior, especially among young people.
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Some counties and communities, including Detroit, already acted on their own to ban synthetic marijuana.
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