Miss. Cities, counties ban spice

JACKSON — The city of Kosciusko has joined the growing numbers of Mississippi local governments banning the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana known as “spice.”

Kosciusko Police Chief R.J. Adams says only one business sells the drug in the city. Adams says the ban takes effect immediately.

Also this week, officials in Corinth, Lafayette County, Pike County and Gulfport enacted bans.

Generally, the local ordinances are misdemeanors and make it illegal to buy, sell, possess or distribute the herbal mixtures or any similar substances and the maximum penalties are generally a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics intends to ask lawmakers in January to approve a statewide ban on the spice.

The Associated Press