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Governor Barbour signs bill to outlaw synthetic marijuana in Mississippi

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PEARL, MS (WLBT) - Governor Haley Barbour signed a bill immediately banning the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana commonly referred to as Spice, Voodoo, Genie or K2.

"They are selling somewhere from $20 to $50, so it's relatively inexpensive. It is not illegal.  It is being marketed as a legal high, a legal weed," said Marshall Fisher, Executive Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

Last week lawmakers voted to ban the sale and use of the synthetic substance.  Then Friday Governor Barbour signed the bill to immediately outlaw the drug.  It is good news to Asha Kaura, owner of a Raju Food Mart in Pearl.

"That's very harmful for the young ones.  I think it is a really good step to put a ban on that one," said Kaura.

Kaura said she never sold the drug in her store, but many people came in asking for it.

"Money is something, but not everything.  We have to make the money of the right way, not like that to spoil the younger generations," said Kaura.

Retailers have until October 1st to return the drug to distributors or turn them over to law enforcement officers.  Meanwhile, they can not sell the drug.

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