St. Clair Shores to Investigate K2 Ban
St. Clair Shores City Council heard from a parent Monday about her concerns about K2, and will investigate banning the synthetic drug.
A St. Clair Shores mother made a passionate plea to city council Monday to investigate banning the designer drugs known as K2 or Spice.
Amelia Davis, who has three children 12, 14 and 15, addressed council about her concerns about the availability of the items in the city and how they are marketed and sold to children with "cute" and "fun" names in "brightly colored shiny packages."
Davis described how the drug can provide a high. She also told of serious health side effects including hallucinations, vomiting and elevated blood pressure.
"One hit can get you high, the next one can send you into a psychotic state," Davis said.
She believes there are three reasons kids are using the drug:
- It doesn't show up in drug tests.
- Misinformation from their peers.
- Easy access.
"I want us to be proactive," she added.
Mayor Kip Walby stated that he had received a number of phone calls from residents about the issue, including Davis, and began the investigation into what actions St. Clair Shores could take against the drugs.
Robert Ihrie, city attorney, urged retailers who are selling the synthetic drugs to voluntarily remove the merchandise from the shelves as the city, county and state considers legislation is drafted.
"I think the voluntary removal from the shelves would be a generous act on behalf of the children of the city," Ihrie said.
The city will investigate possible actions, along with the status of legislation at the state level to ban the drug, and present it to council at the June 16 meeting.
The appearance by Davis came just hours after County Executive Mark Hackel signed an order banning the sales of K2 in Macomb.