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Officials Ban Spice/K2 Sales in Livingston County

Livingston County Public Health and Police officials held a press conference Friday morning after raiding 10 local stores known to sell synthetic marijuana.

Livingston County officials declared , also known as Spice, K2, LOL, OMG and Bath Salts, an imminent health danger and issued an emergency order preventing sales of all substances Friday morning.

Ten local businesses will be served with a copy of the order by police and County Health Department officials, who will then confiscate all products on site. The products will be held in property rooms indefinately.

Assistant Prosecutor William Vailliencourt said he fully anticipates the product being destroyed after pending K2 legislation is approved.

Any violators of the order could be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in county jail and a $200 fine.

According to County Health Director Ted Westmeier, the order is based on data supplied by local area hospitals and agencies about the effects synthetic marijuana is having in the county.

His examples included: St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital Emergency Department treating up to nine cases per month of reactions to synthetic marijuana; the Regional Poison Control Center having reported six cases of county residents poisoned by synthetic marijuana this year; and the County Juvenile Court having had an increase in positive drug test results for synthetic marijuana on juveniles involved in the court.

Three known locations in the City of Brighton are The Haven on Main Street, Partyville Liquor Store on Grand River and Smoke N Gifts on Grand River.

Brighton Police Chief Tom Wightman said the three Brighton stores had yet to be visited by police and public health officials because they were not open at the time of the raids.

"We don't seem to have the gas station problem that these other areas do," Wightman said. "They (police and health officials) were able to hit those early because gas stations are open all night."

Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte said they confiscated about $1,500 to $2,000 worth of K2 from the Smoker's Depot in Hartland. Bezotte said he had visited the store owner about a month ago and advised him of the effects it was having on kids and the laws pending in Lansing.

"He pretty much said that as long as it was legal, he would continue to sell it," Bezotte said. "He wasn't too concerned about the effects it was having on the community, especially the kids. When we went there today, we pretty much knew they were going to have the product because they refused a month ago to take it off the shelves. Which is disappointing because there are so many businesses that have never sold it."

The remaining businesses include the Fowlerville Mobil and BP Gas Stations, the Pinckney BP Gas Station and Dollar Treasure and Howell Mobile Gas Station and Whistle Stop Party Store.

If anybody suspects a business is selling synthetic marijuana, they are asked to contact local police or the County Health Department at 517-552-6801. Officials will visit the business to provide a copy of the order to the owner, then confiscate any products in the store.

Travelinkid June 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM
The best way to stop these "dealers" from selling harmful merchandise is to sue the pants off of them if you have had a family member injured by them. Large law suits will affect them more than fines.
harvey wallbanger June 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I have bought some cigars in there which are always overpriced and in poor shape. I have noticed glass pipes,bongs,habooka pipes,fake coke cans,pill bottles that this sort of stuff can be hidden inside as well as knives and all sorts of stuff that needs to be taken off their shelfs! Just plain old legal tobacco products should be sold there. I'm surprised that they were allowed to even put this crap inside this store in such a nice community?A $200 dollar fine will just not do. you should boost it to $5000 and continous random raids to keep them in check or just shut them down now.
Smokers Depot June 24, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Before  I get started allow me to introduce myself: I am the Owner of Smokers Depot of Hartland. Let me start by saying I have never spoken to Sheriff Bob Bezotte in fact I do not even know what Mr. Bezotte  looks like. I'm not sure why he would make such a statement, maybe he has mistaken Smokers Depot with a different business. The most troubling statement Mr. Bezotte made was about us not caring about our youth or community, which is absolutely not true and honestly speaking I was very troubled by it. My staff and myself are residents of the very same community that we serve. This being said, none of us would have made such a nasty remark about not caring for the kids in our community. Allow me to reassure you that we do not and will not participate in selling any type of synthetic marijuana ( AKA Spice / K2 ). Furthermore, we have a strictly enforced policy that you must be 18 years or older to even enter our store. At the time that the synthetic marijuana was legally sold, we made sure that our products laboratory reports contained no chemicals or substances that were legally banned. Thank you for taking the time to read this and hear my side of the story.
Charlotte June 24, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Hi Smoker's Depot owner. Thanks for writing your side of the story. But, I'm confused as to why the Sheriff would make up a story. ?
Smokers Depot June 24, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Good question , I am confused as well . maybe he has mistaken Smokers Depot with a different business.

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