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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
June 19 2012, Governor Rick Snyder signed four bills that would ban synthetic drugs. This would include Spice, K2, and Bath Salts. But what took so long for the powers-that-be in Michigan to finally decide that enough was enough? HuffPost Detroit states that, “after local protests and several tragedies linked to ‘synthetic marijuana,’ Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced he will sign into law a package that would ban K2, Spice and other synthetic drugs including “bath salts.” One said protest was held in the city of Zeeland where two moms organized a protest in front of a local business that was carrying the product.
The tragedies surrounding the drugs included an incident in Miami, Fla. that made national news when bath salts, according to nbcsandiego.com, had “been linked to behavior behind multiple attacks that some have labeled ‘zombie apocalypse’.” Locally the incidents involved fatal overdoses and murder. According to HuffPost Detroit, “several tragedies, including a Bloomfield Township teen’s reported fatal overdose on synthetic marijuana and its alleged involvement in the case of Tucker Cipriano, who is charged with murdering his father.”
On the streets, police officers were left to battle an unregulated drug. Detective John Paul Damveld, drug investigator for the West Michigan Enforcement Team responded to Jabber Log in an email stating, “My opinion is that they have a larger reaction to these drugs, which usually causes hallucinations. One occasion led to a motor vehicle crash involving no injuries but both occupants believed they were severely hurt.”
While it was reported by mlive.com that a bill spearheaded by Lowell Republican Sen. Dave Hildenbrand was sent to the “state House for consideration,” a local outcry, as reported by HuffPost Detroit, “caused communities to enact their own bans and protest gas stations where the drugs were being sold.” With all this going on, one would ask why it took so long to pass a law banning synthetic drugs? In a recent interview with Jabber Log, Allegan County Sheriff’s Deputy Morgan Sullivan stated,
“Because these are synthetic drugs, lawmakers would make drug 1403-7 (a bath salt) illegal, so the manufacturers would simply change a molecule in 1403-8 maintaining the same effect but 1403-8 isn’t illegal. You know how long it takes to pass a law? Lawmakers couldn’t keep up.”
With a ban finally in place, mlive.com reported, “smoke shops, party stores, and gas stations in Michigan are clearing the products off their shelves.” In order to keep storeowners on the right side of the law, mlive.com reported, “The Michigan State Police has launched the “K2 is not OK” campaign to warn store owners that selling spice or bath salts will be illegal July 1. Distribution of the drugs carries a 7-year felony penalty under the new law.” How banning synthetic drugs will impact local communities is unknown but the main factor, according to Dep. Sullivan, is the risk.
“If there is someone that wants to use it, you can bet there will be someone ready to profit from it. On the plus side, most of the danger from those listed drugs was their accessibility. The deterrent now is the fact that you have to be willing to take much more of a risk to make it, sell it, buy it, and use it.”Post Views: 201
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
The other day I was talking to my family about horror flicks and how I dig them so much. We were talking about some of the characters in the movies and the first character that came up was Pennywise the Clown. Do you know who this is? I’m sure you noticed the scary looking clown on the post and if you don’t know who this is, you need to rent the movie “IT” by Stephen King. We talked about how creepy he looks and that Tim Curry who played him did such a good job in simply being scary. I for one do not like clowns. Even when I was younger they gave me a bad feeling and what made it worse was the fact that my mom collected clowns. So here I am with a slight fear of clowns and my mom has a large cabinet full of them on display watching my every move. Years later my Tio Fernando decided to rent “IT” from Mr. Music’s, which was our local video store. I had never seen this movie and he kept saying,
“It’s a good one Richie. It has clowns…”
Sure he didn’t know that I really didn’t like clowns but I sat through the entire movie either way. I dug it then and I still do but it confirmed my reason for disliking clowns. I mean, what better way to strike fear into someone than by making a scary clown that mutilates kids? I know it tripped me out and I’m sure there are more people out there that were tripped out by good ole Pennywise. The next Boogeyman was Freddy Krueger. The Nightmare on Elm Street series is one of my favorite. Freddy was always scary when I was growing up. The guys face is completely burnt and he had a glove with razor sharp knives. What creeped me out the most back then was hearing him scratch everything in the broiler room. It gave me the chills and actually the girls singing that song was just as bad. Now days I simply dig the story but back then, it really got to me.
The last Boogeyman that came up was Jason from the Friday the 13th series. This is another one of my favorites and he was scary because he was beast. Plain and simple, he was a beast! People would run away from this guy and he would simply walk through the forrest and catch up to them and slash them up. What was weird to me about every movie was that it seemed as though everyone who died were in the process of having sex. Am I wrong here? It almost seemed as though the death scenes were used as an abstinence ad. The message was that if you decided to have sex before you were married you would be greeted by a man of Jason’s stature and you would be slashed and bludgeoned to death. It sounds stupid but go back and watch some of the flicks and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
All in all the characters had some good back story to them and with the addition of good special effects and gory scenes it made for good viewing. Out of all three of the boogeymen mentioned here I dislike Pennywise the most. If I could fight him I would acquire the size of Jason with the glove of Freddy and go to town on Pennywise! I know he’s just a character but if he were real I’d take him out. So now it’s your turn. Who were the Boogeymen of your childhood?
(Yes, I know that Jason was not the killer in the first movie but I didn’t want to post a death scene.)Post Views: 156
By Ricardo — 2 years ago
Good morning and welcome to episode 114 of Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. A lot has happened since the last episode and instead of boring you with text I will let you get to this episode. Check out the topics below and make sure to listen and share! As always if you have any questions or you would like to be a guest on the show you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode topics –
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- #IAM911 Movement
- How to participate in the movement
- Suicide Call
- Grandmother Death Call
- Four wheeler Flip Call