Snyder signs synthetic drug ban

Governor Snyder signed the ban on synthetic marijuana today.

In a tweet this afternoon, Governor Snyder said that "We've lost young people because of this drug, and it's time we do something about it."

The substance, sold under trade names like Spice and K2, has been available in stores as a mix of dried herbs and spices sprayed with chemicals. It has been blamed for health problems and violent behavior, especially among young people.

The bills crack down on synthetic cannabinoids and products sometimes referred to as bath salts. They also allow the Department of Community Health to declare health dangers when other synthetic drugs pop up. The bills were recently approved by the state Legislature.

In a report early this month, we took a look at how accessible it was in our community. For the full story, click here.

Michigan State Police have set up a toll-free tip line to stop the use of K2. You can use this tip line by calling, (855) 642-4847.