Sep 17, 2010 11:22 AM
PASCGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Jackson County authorities say a new
synthetic marijuana has made its way into the local market.
The Mississippi Press reports that one its reporters went to an
unidentified convenience store and paid $21.40 for a one-gram
package of Nola Diamond grape potpourri.
The newspaper says the unidentified clerk told their reporter
that it has the same affect as the spice banned two weeks ago by
Mississippi lawmakers. But, the clerk says, it has a different
chemical so it's legal.
The newspaper reports the "potpourri" is distributed by Herbal
Solutions, LLC in Marrero, La.
The package does not list what chemicals are present. The back
of the package states, "Ingredients: Mullen leaf and a proprietary
organic blend used to synergize and enhance aroma therapy. Not for
human consumption. Not sold to minors. Lab certified. Does not
contain JWH18, JWH73, HU210, CP47, or any other prohibited
Karen Tran, who identified herself as a sales representative for
Herbal Solutions, told the newspaper that she did not what
chemicals are in the potpourri.
"I just sell it, but I know, it's legal in all 50 states," she
Tran said that the Herbal Solutions owner, Coung Tran, has lab
results that clear him to sell the potpourri to stores in all
Gov. Haley Barbour signed Mississippi's anti-Spice law on Sept.
4, bringing an immediate end to retail sales. Mississippi was the
14th state to enact such a law.
Violators risk penalties that mirror those in the marijuana
statute - up to three years in prison and a $3,000 fine for
possession of an ounce or more.
Makers of spice products spray them with chemicals that mimic
the effects of the active ingredient in marijuana.
Lt. Curtis Spiers, commander of the Narcotics Task Force of
Jackson County, said that vendors hawking spice substitutes have
been working hard in the area.
They are "going into stores and telling them that their herbal
incense is not spice and it's legal to sell," Spiers said. "Just
because an out-of-state company says it's legal, it doesn't mean it
District Attorney Tony Lawrence said authorities knew the law
would probably have to be amended several times in the future to
keep up with new research.
"If these people continue to sell a product to minors that is
dangerous and they teach or tell people how to roll it or even just
to smoke it - that's a public nuisance, and I don't even need a
statute to enforce that," Lawrence said.