K2 also known as Spice, Genie Silver and Yucatan Fire is a legal synthetic form of marijuana. It is sold as “incense” and labeled “not for human consumption.” These herbal mixtures are infused with chemicals that activate the same receptors as marijuana. Smoking K2 can produce a strong high as well as psychosis, rapid heartbeat, seizures, and even death. The American Association of Poison Control has observed over a 50% increase in calls related to K2 this year compared to last. Synthetic pot related deaths have also spiked in recent months.
In good news, CITGO has issued a notice to halt the sale of Spice, also known as K2, in all of its’ gas stations effective immediately. K2 and Spice are synthetic forms of marijuana that have become the new drug of choice amongst teenagers. Because K2 and Spice are legal and sold at almost every gas station and convenience stores across the nation, it’s hard to fight against and prevent its abuse. It’s shocking but exciting to see a large corporation take a stand and in essence say, “We see it’s a problem and we’re going to do something to stop it”.
General Manager of light oils marketing for CITGO stated in his letter to all local owned CITGO stations:
“Substances such as synthetic marijuana and Bath Salts, sold under a variety of names, including Spice and K2, have proven to be harmful substances, especially for teenagers…At least 40 states have banned their sale in some form and legislation is pending in other states. Clearly, the sale of these substances creates a negative image that is disparaging to the CITGO brand and the many individual identities that your retail locations have in their communities…Therefore, the sale of these substances in a CITGO-branded location is prohibited under our Marketer Franchise Agreement (the “MFA”)…Should sales of these substances at CITGO-branded locations continue after the date of this letter, CITGO may take such action as it deems appropriate to protect its brand image, including de-branding the location.”
Oakland county officials have also joined in the fight against the sale of spice (K2) by planning to send deputies to local gas stations and convenience stores to ask owners to halt sales and put up signs that state, “This Establishment Pledges Not to Sell K2 or Any Other Synthetic Designer Drugs.” Oakland county officials cite that spice might have a connection to two local homicides, rising concern about the effects of the synthetic drug and the safety of their community.
“Until we can get a new law banning them, the best weapon to fight this is for consumers to refuse to frequent places that sell these dangerous and potentially dangerous products”. – Oakland County Sheriff, Michael Bouchard –
The fight against K2 is just beginning and we’re hopeful it will be banned and labeled as illegal soon. If you or a loved one needs treatment for K2 or Spice drug abuse, call our crisis counselors at 877-711-4673 now. They are available to help you recover from K2 and Spice drug abuse 24/7.