Lafayette County begins process to ban fake pot

OXFORD – Lafayette County supervisors voted 5-0 in principle Monday to follow several Mississippi cities in outlawing the marijuana-like substance known as Spice.
Board attorney David O’Donnell will offer a completed ordinance at next month’s meeting for final approval. Assuming no reservations on the part of board members, it would take effect immediately.
Spice is commonly sold at convenience stores, usually labeled as incense with an assertion that it is not for human consumption. District 5 Supervisor Ray Sockwell said, however, that people buy it to get high.
“It looks like marijuana, it smells like marijuana and it’s a depressant like marijuana,” said Sockwell, who was a captain with the Oxford Police Department until he took on his present office.
Board President Lloyd Oliphant noted he had bought a tiny jar of “spice” at a store on his way to the courthouse Monday and was openly advised at the store which varieties have the most mind-altering effects.
Keith Davis, who heads Lafayette County Metro Narcotics, confirmed that despite its legality and its innocent appearance, Spice has reportedly resulted in at least three overdoses in the state.
Lafayette would be the third county in the state to ban Spice, after Jackson and Pearl River counties. Cities that have enacted prohibitions include Tupelo, Southaven, Horn Lake and Olive Branch.
The Oxford Board of Aldermen is expected to consider such a ban at its meeting tonight.

Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com.

Errol Castens / NEMS Daily Journal