Oakland Co. To Vote On Ban Of Legal 'Potpourri'
Mich. Lawmaker Introduces Bill Banning Drug From Being Sold In State
Oakland County is taking steps to outlaw sale of a product that is being called the "new marijuana" in local stores.
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners will vote Wednesday evening on a proposal to ban the substance.
The substance, known as Spice, Genie, Zohai or K2, is made mostly in China and sold legally in the U.S.
Police said the product is marketed as potpourri but it's really synthetic marijuana. The synthetic compound chemically similar to THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) is sprayed onto the dried flowers, tobacco and herbs.
When inhaled, the effect is instant, intense and potentially lethal.
"It elevates the heart rate, the blood rate. Panic attacks have been discovered in kids across the country, vomiting, hallucinations and who knows what else," Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh said.
Local 4 visited a party store and found bags of K2 sold for $40 as a potpourri. Police point out that since the substance is legal and is not a tobacco, it can be sold to someone as young as 10 years old.
The substance is currently banned in most parts of Europe but is unregulated in the U.S., where police departments are working with other organizations to convince lawmakers to have it banned.
State Rep. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge has introduced a bill to ban the sale of K2.
Jones said that other states, including Kansas and Missouri, are currently seeking new laws to ban the substance.
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