Legal herb causes concern among drug agents - - Jackson, MS

Legal herb causes concern among drug agents

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - It's popping up in convenience stores around Mississippi, a product labeled "not for human consumption."  It comes with names like Spice, K-2 or Buddha.

Users who smoke it say it produces the same high as using marijuana, and it's perfectly legal.

One user said, "It's a similar feeling to smoking marijuana as far as slowing things down, paying closer attention to the details whether it's a movie or a video game."

The herb is sprayed with chemicals to produce the high.  It's even more readily available on the Internet.  Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director Marshall Fisher said Thursday the popularity of Spice is on the rise because of its affordability.

"They're selling for somewhere between $20-50, relatively inexpensive," said Fisher.  "It's not illegal.  It's being marketed as a legal high, or legal weed."

Because it's easily accessible, Spice is falling into the hands of teens, who are willing to experiment smoking it, but they should be warned.  It's also rumored to have serious side effects, heart palpitations, hallucinations, and vomiting.

Marshall Fisher's working with state legislators to create laws banning the ingredients of Spice, but that may not happen until next year.  The makers of the spices are selling it in different flavors, making them more appealing to young people, but at the same time, aggravating those fighting to keep Mississippi drug free.

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