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White Lake Bans Spice

Police Chief said officers will be out Thursday night asking local businesses for compliance, issuing warnings for non-compliance.

The White Lake Township Board of Trustees met Thursday afternoon to take emergency action and ban the sale of and other synthetic drugs in White Lake Township.

White Lake Police Chief Ed Harris said officers will be out Thursday night informing businesses that the sale of spice is now against township ordinance, and warnings will be issued for non-compliance.

"We will follow up on the warnings and will take action if the stores do not stop selling spice," Harris said.

"In my 16 years on the board, this is the most serious issue, in my opinion, that we've had to deal with," White Lake Trustee Carol Burkard said. "Spice is extremely hazardous and this problem is widespread."

Supervisor Greg Baroni said the issue was very important to the township board.

"This is a crisis in White Lake, and in other communities throughout the country," Baroni said. "We need to take a stand."

The ordinance is part of the township's criminal ordinance. Any business that continues to sell spice will be subject to a misdemeanor charge that carries penalties of $500 and/or up to 90 days in jail.

Patch has been reporting this story for the past couple weeks. here are other related pieces:

Sherry Woodbeck June 07, 2012 at 09:17 PM
F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C. News!!!
Roger Smith June 07, 2012 at 10:06 PM
The fact that you people keep referring to it as "K2" just shows you people know nothing about the stuff. K2 is a brand name that was actually banned 2 years ago. It's not "K2". The stuff has been around for over 15 years, just shows how ignorant you people are. FYI, it will be back tomorrow named something else just like it was the first time it was banned 2 years ago. See: "Michigan passed a law banning spice-type products putting into Schedule I HU-210, CP47,497, JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-015, JWH-200, and JWH-250. Law signed by governor on Sep 30 2010. Legislature.mi.gov 2009-2010 Public Act 0171. HB 6038 tied to HB6226: Legislation Proposed" You've banned it once, what makes you think this time will be different?
Roger Smith June 07, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I'm not defending it, it's just the fact that us adults seem to think we know whats best for our children, yet you say you have this over-qualified brain over teenagers yet you don't even know what the stuff is? Please don't tell me what you've read from the papers is where you got your information because the media is always one-sided. I'm sick of you "over-protective" parents trying to decide whats best for other peoples kids. Yes, this stuff may be taboo and unknown, but that doesn't mean we all are experts on it and know exactly the reactions to it. I bet most of you didn't know it existed until about 2 weeks ago so don't act like an expert
Dawn Pratt June 07, 2012 at 10:27 PM
AWESOME!! THANKS;)
Don grossman June 08, 2012 at 12:29 AM
You are the ones that are ignorant, that eats holes in your brain and splits your skull centimeters every 3 months consumed and eats your nerves so don't worry us smart people are just looking out for our "stupid" youth ...take it from a spice smoker for 3 years...I quit 7 months ago and finally am over the symptoms and feel normal again FINALLY! Not to mention its addicting same as w/d frome opiates
tilly west June 08, 2012 at 01:35 AM
tilly I never smoked it but, I seen some wild things happen to those who had.
Nancy Homeister June 08, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Way to go Township Board! The more I have read about this stuff, and the impact it seems to have on it's users, the more I have been disgusted by OUR local businesses that sell it. And thank you Patch editors - I heard about this drug, its effects, and the protests against it here (and started my own boycott against local businesses identified as dealers) well before it started showing up at freep.com and detnews.com...
Brooke Tajer June 08, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Thank you Nancy, that's a wonderful compliment and I really appreciate it.
Gerry S June 08, 2012 at 02:22 AM
@ Roger Smith: Over-protective? When a substance such as this causes a grandmother to shoot and kill her grandson or a young man to take a baseball bat to his entire family or a kid in West Bloomfield to die from an overdose of this garbage I don't think restricting it is being "over protective". You must have some financial stake in the sale of this product and I would like to know which store you own so that I will never patronize it again...
Colleen Meier June 08, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Thanks to Patch for educating the public on Spice/ K 2. Because Patch kept the word out, this dangerous drug (and have no doubt it is a drug!) finally has a ban. Roger Smith, as adults when our teens are using their freedom of choice to harm themselves and others, "we" adults have the duty to step in and keep our teens safe. As a long time High School teacher I knew of Spice long before it hit the media. Spice or K2 is plant material sprayed with chemicals that can mimic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. Manufactures that sale substances used to make K2 and Spice change the formulas in these products and can add whatever they want to the stuff. It is not safe guarded by the FDA. Many experts and professionals have done extensive research on this drug and it's harmful effects on the brain. I respectfully suggest, Roger, that you do the same and then go back and reflect on your comments above.
Jeffrey Long June 08, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Roger, you are part of the problem. You make a subjective conclusion based on summary posts, that parents do not know what is best for their children. I have seen nothing that suggests people were unaware of this till 2 weeks ago. It is common knowledge that it has been around for years. The purpose of the people fighting this fight is to get our legislators to write laws that cannot be circumvented, and preventing it's sales until that time. To suggest that people are ignorant based on what little you have read shows with definitive proof who the ignorant one is. You go ahead and be critical of those of us who are trying to save lives, it only hardens our stance against people like you who think it's okay to distribute poison to children for recreational use. At least that is my interpretation of what you posted.
Jeffrey Long June 08, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Don, thank you for your up front comment, people like Roger are as big a part of the problem as the sellers, and as Gary posted, may likely be hiding some financial gains from poisoning people.
Laura Vogel June 08, 2012 at 07:17 PM
This would a good time to remind ourselves that the D.A.R.E. program has been severely cut-back in recent years. The local schools' DARE officers were there to not only keep up with the latest "substance du jour" but moreso to aide parents and schools in educating our kids about the harmful effects of what might otherwise be seen as a "what the heck, try it" lark. There is truth to the saying that an ounce of prevention can be worth more than a pound of cure.
Teresa Johnson June 10, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I was thinking the same thing Gerry! What store do you own?
Jane Boudreau June 11, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I would totally agree with Ms. Vogel. I was the state president for Michigan D.A.R.E. My board was in charge of training officers each summer when school was out, teaching the latest information to officers in the schools. DARE Officers were trained to be the first to know what was the "latest craze" and how to answer questions regarding the affects of these substances. DARE Officers were trained to work with children, community leaders, teachers and parents to combat the use of illegal drugs withing our schools and community. I know that our budgets are tight, but what is the cost of saving one child? Prevention programs are a must, there is no replacement for a reliable, trustworthy source that the kids can come to to ask the questions and get the correct answers. It may have been the same answer that their parent gave, but it was better coming from us? That's just the way kid's think. I know that DARE officers would have been dealing with the the synthetic drugs. Please refer to http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/ondcp-fact-sheets/synthetic-drugs-k2-spice-bath-salts. Mind you DARE was teaching kids the negative effects of synthetic drugs back in the 90's. This should not turn into a new tool for politicians to pretend to be concerned about our youth. If you were concerned you would have kept the officers working with our children, parents and communities long ago. Jane Felice-Boudreau
Dave June 11, 2012 at 07:19 AM
Roger.. there is still a product called K2. They just changed the formulation of it to skirt the laws. So actually they are not wrong with using this name. It has become a generalized name such as kleenex. I agree somewhat that most of the parents didn't know about it untill recently. I know i've only heard about it since the murders have happened. I may have seen it in a store like so many other parents and thought nothing of it.. INCENSE.. big deal. And like so many other people who were fooled by them calling it synthetic marijuana, i did not know it was so dangerous. Now i do. If you're smoking it.. please stop.. it WILL destroy you. If you're selling it.. well you already know it's banned... but don't sell it or return it to your distributor. destroy it. And finally you asked what makes me think it will be different this time?? ME.. i'm gonna make sure it's different. Last time i had no voice in how it was sold.. now that i know about it.. i do. The difference this time is that i'm gonna make sure this media cover-up of it's dangers is lifted. The difference this time is now i'm gonna make sure the people selling it are put in prison for murder, not some pittley $500 fine. Now parents. If your kids are addicted to it.. they're gonna be going thru withdrawals right about now..Help them.. http://drug.addictionblog.org/k2-synthetic-weed-dangers/
Jane Taylor July 12, 2012 at 07:00 AM
Pretty sad when a search for Jane Boudreau comes up with this article. Is this the Patches attempt to skew information and shoe Bouchard into office? It is unacceptable that Boucard gave an employee a million dollar contract which has grown to several million dollars. This is morally and ethically unacceptable. Shame on the Patch for not exposing this.
Dave July 12, 2012 at 07:19 AM
It is pretty sad that Jane B. wants to promote herself here. And spread lies. But it's not patches fault. What synthetic drugs was Jane taking back in the 90's i wonder? And she wonders why that stupid DARE program never worked.
Dave July 12, 2012 at 07:29 AM
It's now a good example why the dare program should be eliminated. The substance du jour isn't the problem with the program.. sucking money for nothing is the problem with it. You didn't do anything to get the laws we currently have which made this drug illegal from the day it hit the markets enforced did you? No. That's some educating you're doing. Closing your eyes to reality and spreading lies instead... and all in the name of self promotion and financial gains. Your DARE program is as much part of the problem as the drugs are.

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