PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors Tuesday said they would consider outlawing a recreational drug sold at convenience stores; defended how they plan to spend $2 million from BP; and approved two road projects that will affect how parents drop off children at St. Martin schools next year.
District Attorney Tony Lawrence asked the board to outlaw "spice," a drug the Jackson County Narcotics Task Force described as synthetic marijuana, which is being sold as incense at most convenience stores.
Task force commander Curtis Spiers told the board teens have been hospitalized because of the drug, which is rolled like a cigarette and smoked. He said the effect is two times more potent than marijuana, but lasts about half as long. He said two cities in north Mississippi have passed laws that make sale and possession of the drug a misdemeanor with a stiff penalty.
He said Gautier, Moss Point and Pascagoula planned to consider outlawing it.
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