The Commerce Township Board of Trustees has joined other communities in the area by banning the sale or possession of synthetic marijuana in the township.
Also known as “K2″ and “Spice,” the drugs are a mixture of herbs and spices typically sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Other names the synthetic cannabis is known under include Blaze, Blueberry Haze, Dank, Demon Passion Smoke, Genie, Hawaiian Hybrid, Magma, Ninja, Nitro, Ono Budz, Panama Red Ball, Puff, Sativah Herbal Smoke, Skunk, Ultra Chronic, and Voodoo Spice.
While certain forms of the drug have been rendered illegal, many forms of the synthetic marijuana are technically legal due to slight changes in the chemical formula of each product.
However, officials around the county, state, and country have been seeking ways to close that loophole.
Commerce officials decided to follow the state in banning the trafficking in, possession, and use of such products in the township with the intent to protect the public health and safety of the community.
A state law banning the synthetic drugs went into effect on Sunday, July 1.
Trustee Deb Kirkwood had the emergency ordinance placed on the agenda for discussion
“I felt it was a situation that needed to be addressed,” she said. “It’s just another tool for our law enforcement to use, along with the state law that was passed.”
A violation of the ordinance is considered a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $500 and/or imprisonment for not more than 90 days.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department recently announced the county would be providing decals to businesses that notify the county that they don’t or no longer will sell Spice or K2.
To request a window decal, go to the county’s website at oakgov.com/sheriff or call the county Health Division nurse on call at 1-800-848-5533.
The Commerce ordinance becomes effective today, Tuesday, July 3.