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Spice Bans in Utah Counties & Cities

dea.bmpSpice, incense laced with synthetic cannabinoids or other chemicals that produce a marijuana-like high, is being sold in smoke shops and convenience stores throughout Utah. However, many counties and cities have enacted bans on the sale and/or use of spice and the Utah State Legislature will consider a similar statewide law in the upcoming 2011 legislative session.

Among the cities and counties that have passed local ordinances, Cache County (see page 9), Iron County, Kaysville (see 6-4-5), Layton, Ogden, and Providence City have made their ordinances available online to view. If a local ordinance is not available online, contact the local city or county clerk for a copy.

As noted in the Controlled Substances Advisory Committee minutes, the committee has recommended the legislature examine a statewide law to regulate spice.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that on November 24, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration temporarily placed five of the synthetic chemicals on the list of forbidden controlled substances, making it illegal to distribute or possess them, effectively criminalizing the use of some spice sold here in Utah. The DEA's statement regarding this action is here.


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