Meridian, Idaho has finally placed a ban on the popular incense “Spice”- toted as a burning incense, but everyone knows that the main purpose for this product is to get all gacked out on it. It is all the rage in many states, and is revered for its ability to get people high, and is popular as a legal marijuana. Well, not anymore, at least in Meridian.
Spice is easily available at any smoke or incense shop. Even recently at a Boise fair my fiance and I came along a booth that was selling Spice and its accessories and people were lining up to get this product at lightning speed. Someone I know who has used Spice claims it gets you high like being on crack or meth, rather than a mellow high like marijuana does. Spice can be even made at home, and all one has to do is look it up on the internet to find out how to make this product using simple ingredients and herbs (you can even make Spice with parsley from your spice cabinet) and with Spice being so popular, it’s tempting to make and sell the product yourself to make some serious cash.
But, not in Idaho- at least, not anymore. Governor Otter passed the ban on Spice in Meridian, and a temporary ban on Spice in all of Idaho is hoping to decrease the usage of this incense, particularly for our youth, which can get their hands on this legal high with no issue whatsoever.
This is a temporary ban for the whole state, but the news station KTVB states that “According to Governor Otter’s office, Idaho is the 14th state to ban Spice. That is also only a temporary ban until the end of the legislative session. Lawmakers will consider making it a permanent ban in their next legislative session which begins January 10th.”
The Idaho Press-Tribune states that “According to a press release from the governor’s office, a survey of Idaho hospitals from February to August showed more than 80 emergency room visits related to Spice in those six months. Side effects include delusions, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, loss of consciousness, vomiting and seizures.”
It’s a lucky thing that Idaho is getting the ball in their court and taking control of the massive usage of Spice in Idaho. The drug is dangerous, too easily available, and certainly getting out of control. Hopefully in January the permanent ban can go into place so Spice will not become mainstream and acceptable in our society. It’s a misdemeanor to be caught with Spice, either selling, buying, using, or possessing, but with a $300 fine and possible jail time it may be a decent wake up call to Spice users in our state until our legislature really cracks the whip.