Hattiesburg council votes to ban synthetic marijuana

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The city of Hattiesburg is now the latest place where synthetic marijuana is outlawed, which is commonly refereed to as Spice or K-2.

By a 4-1 vote, the city council adopted an ordinance at a special called meeting late Monday prohibiting the use, purchase, possession, distribution, sale or offering for sale the substance typically sold as a type of incense, but being used by many as a way to get "high" by smoking it.

Council woman Debra Delgado voted against it.  She said she was not against the ban but wanted to give merchants more time to get it off the shelves.

"We do need to do public outreach and education concerning this matter so that not only are the businesses who are selling it are aware of the consequences but also the people who are unknowingly purchasing it and putting it in their bodies," said Delgado. "I think we need to do the 30 days."

"Just to give the few businesses, or if there's five or six, extra time to sell off their inventory to me doesn't make any sense at all when you put the people at risk who are going to be taking it home and using it," said Council president Kim Bradley. "I don't think that's very smart."

The Hattiesburg ordinance comes after the city of Petal did the same last week. Marion and Forrest counties are also considering a ban, along with state leaders who are hoping to get a state law in place.

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