Governor wants Mississippi to ban Spice

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - By David Elliott – bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Cities and counties around the state have banned the sale of Spice, and other types of synthetic marijuana. Now, the legislature will consider a bill to make the substance illegal.

Governor Barbour has expanded the call for Friday's special session of the legislature to include a law prohibiting the sale of Spice.

Attorney General Jim Hood said Wednesday, the timing is perfect.

"Since the governor already called the special session, it won't cost the taxpayers any more to slam the door on Spice."

Hood has drafted a bill that would make Spice a controlled substance. The current bans in place around the state impose misdemeanor penalties for the sale or possession of synthetic pot. A state law will put some teeth into the battle against Spice.

"There is a loophole in the law right now. We're asking lawmakers to quickly pass a bill that makes it illegal, just like marijuana," Hood said.

The governor said he was including the measure at the request of law enforcement agencies and local governments.

"Several Mississippi communities have attempted to stop the sale of this drug. However, our law enforcement needs a comprehensive law to address this issue," Gov. Barbour said. "Spice is no different than marijuana and should be treated as every other controlled substance under our laws."

The special session gets underway at 10 a.m. Friday.

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