Is spice illegal in Mississippi?

Not statewide as of the date of this post, but you need to keep up with it.  It has already been banned in certain Mississippi towns.


What is spice?

Last year I was involved in the court-martial of a servicemember who was charged with smoking “spice,” and I have to admit that I had to have it explained to me.  “Spice” is a mix of dried herbs that look like oregano, but the herbs are laced with chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana.  These chemicals that make up this “synthetic marijuana” were created in a lab at Clemson University while doing research for therapeutic drugs.  Once the marijuana-like effects became known, however, capitalism took over, and it wasn’t long before it made its way to the open market.  Spice is sold over-the-counter in some quick marts, etc., and comes in flavors like strawberry and blueberry.  It is sold under the brand names “Spice,” “K2,” “Genie,” and “Zohai.”


Is it illegal in Mississippi yet?

It is only a matter of time.  This article in The Daily Mississippian (the student newspaper at Ole Miss) quotes State Senator Gray Tollison of Oxford as saying,   “We hope the governor puts in a special session about it, if not, it won’t be until January 2011.”  The article goes on to state that Southaven and Olive branch in north Mississippi and Moss Point and Gautier on the coast have banned the sale and use of spice, and these municipal bans are sure to spread.  If I were a betting man, I would wager that in less than a year or two Mississippi will follow Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana (August 15), Missouri, and Tennessee in making spice illegal across the state.