PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Stores in unincorporated areas of Jackson County have 30 days to remove from their shelves of herbal incense products deemed synthetic marijuana.
The Board of Supervisors on Monday outlawed the substances.
District Attorney Tony Lawrence drafted the ordinance that creates a misdemeanor charge for anyone caught selling, buying, using, distributing or possessing the herbal incenses, as well as up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.
Several other Mississippi cities and counties are taking steps to control sales of herbal incenses, commonly sold under the names Spice, Spice Gold and Sugar Sticks.
The products are sprayed, according to investigators, with synthetic compounds similar to Delta 9 THC, the substance that occurs naturally in marijuana and gives it its hallucinogenic properties. Some of the incense products come pre-rolled.