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Jackson Co. Supervisors ban Spice

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County Supervisors have jumped on the bandwagon and banned Spice.  Gautier and Moss Point officials recently outlawed the herbal incense in their cities. The ordinance prohibits people from buying, selling, and using the coated incense that's said to give a pot-like high.

"We have some drug problems and we want to give law enforcement the tools they need to positively make a difference in Jackson County," Supervisor Mike Mangum said.

Narcotics Task Force Commander Curtis Spiers said the drug started showing up on the street and in some stores in the county three years ago. 

"It is easy to sell, it is popular, and it makes them a lot of money," Spiers said.

Under the new ordinance, stores will have 30 days to get Spice off their shelves. Spiers says more than 80 percent of the stores in the county sell it." 

"This helps stop it in Jackson County until the legislator comes through with something sometime next year. Senator Michael Watson is working hard on that right now." 

Sheriff Mike Byrd agrees state leaders have to take action. 

"The Spice is very bad. The consequences of it can cause someone to die," Byrd said.

Byrd said Jackson County is the first in the state to ban Spice. He's hoping the ban will help clean up drug infested communities and save lives before it's too late.

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