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Spice ordinance passes, goes into effect immediately
ANCHORAGE- The Anchorage assembly unanimously approves an ordinance aimed at limiting the sale, consumption and posession of designer drugs.
"It's an effort to mitigate some of the illegal use of bath salts and other compounds that a being used freely and really being misused by our generations," said Assemblyman Chris Burch.
Known as designer drugs, "spice", "k-2" and synthetic marijuana create a struggle for Anchorage police legally enforcing re-precussions for use or posession due to the chemical compounds rapid change.
"What inspired us was to try and find a way this product is being marketed consumers are people who make assumptions that because they can walk into a store and buy it over the counter that it must be tested, it must be safe," said ordinance author and municaple attorney, Cynthia Franklin.
Many of the drugs are labeled, "not for human consumption." A loophole some may have used in the past is no longer viable."this whole list of substances that are banned on both the state, federal and federal analog act. So those statement not hat packaging will be considered evidence that in fact this isn't potpourri, this is a drug," said Franklin.
23 stores in Anchorage are known for selling synthetic drugs. Police will now be ticketing anyone in posession of the drugs. Each ticket issued is five hundred dollars per packet in posession.