Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Sheriff Michael Bouchard urge Oakland County retailers to pledge not to sell Synthetic Marijuana (i.e., K2 and Spice) and other synthetic designer drugs. Business owners who notify the county that they will not sell synthetic drugs will get a window decal identifying their store as a place for customers to shop safe from these dangerous substances.
"Instances of K2 leading to violence and in some cases death have captured headlines both locally and nationally. The time to act is now,” said Patterson. "Oakland County is going to make it easy for shoppers to identify the stores that don’t sell these dangerous synthetic drugs."
"These substances are clearly dangerous and occasionally deadly," added Bouchard. "Until we can get a law banning them, the best weapon to fight this is for consumers to refuse to frequent places that sell this trash."
The Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers, which represents 4,000 independent retailers in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio and helped sponsor the current legislation against synthetic marijuana pending in Lansing, supports Oakland County’s efforts.
"We have been asking all members and non-members to stop selling these products immediately," said Arabo. "The effect this drug has on our community is unacceptable. A number of our members have stopped selling it and have never sold it. The more we make them aware of its dangers, the less likely they are to sell it."
To get one of the window decals, retailers may call the Oakland County Health Division Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533.
Synthetic marijuana is sold as incense or potpourri. The material is a mixture of herbs and spices, sprayed with a synthetic similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Ingredients can vary widely as can the potency. The street names for it are Spice Gold; Spice Silver; Spice Diamond; Fire & Ice; Yucatan Fire; Genie; Pep Spice; Blue Lotus; among others.
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