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Synthetic drugs illegal July 1

Effective July 1, it will be illegal to buy, sell or use synthetic drugs, such as K2 and Spice, in the State of Michigan.

Manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to sell will be a 7-year felony. Possession will be a two-year felony, and use of will be a one-year misdemeanor.

These drugs include:

*Synthetic Cannabinoids, which are sold as incense and herbal blends. They are commonly known as synthetic marijuana, K2 or Spice.

*Synthetic Cathinones, which are sold as bath salts and plant food. Common brand names include Aura, Bliss, Blow, Blue Silk, Bubble Love, Charge+, Cloud 9, Cosmic Blast, FrogE Magic Plant Food, Hurricane Charlie, Ivory Snow, Ivory Wave, MDAI, MDPV, Molly’s Plant Food, Ocean Burst, Rave, Red Dove, Scarface, Serenity, Sonic, Vanilla Sky, White Dove, and White Lightning.

This is only a short listing and does not include all brand names.
If you are a business owner who sells these products, you must stop prior to July 1, 2012.

If residents are aware of any businesses that are selling these products on or after July 1, notify the Kent County Sheriff’s Department (632-6100), or call the Michigan State Police tip line at 855-MICH-TIP (855-642-4847).
Governor Snyder signed the bill into law earlier this month. K2, Spice and similar products are made of plant matter sprayed with chemicals designed to mimic the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the high-inducing compound found in marijuana. However, the chemicals are unregulated and often produce negative side effects like elevated heart rate, seizures, vomiting and paranoia.

To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/DesignerDrugs.

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