- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - Two counties in southeastern Michigan have declared a health emergency and banned a so-called synthetic marijuana product known as Cloud 9.

Macomb and Wayne counties made it illegal for the product to be sold. It has been blamed for sickening dozens of teens in the Detroit area.

Michigan lawmakers banned similar products known as K2 and Spice in 2012. But Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel says the “mad scientists are back at it” with new products.

Cloud 9 is typically sold as a liquid that can be inhaled or ingested. Macomb County health chief William Ridella says hospital emergency rooms are reporting many cases.

Wayne County authorities are pledging to conduct random inspections of retailers that sell tobacco products.

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