UPDATE: Tupelo bans sale, purchase and possession of 'Spice'

TUPELO – The City Council tonight approved a ban on the synthetic marijuana often called Spice.

Council members voted unanimously for the ban, which takes effect immediately.

The new ordinance makes it illegal to sell, buy or possess Spice and its equivalents, which are openly sold at area convenience stores, tobacco shops and online.

A violation is punishable by up to $1,000 in fines and six months in jail.

The ban takes effect immediately but extends only to the city limits. Other cities and towns in Lee County say they will consider a ban as well.

Read more in Wednesday’s Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal