Paso Robles council banning spice
November 21, 2014
The Paso Robles City Council is banning synthetic drugs, known as spice, that often resemble marijuana and are to blame for a recent fatal collision in San Luis Obispo County. [KSBY]
On Tuesday, the Paso Robles City Council approved the initial reading of an ordinance banning the possession and retail sale of spice in the city. If passed during its second reading on Dec. 2, the ordinance will take effect on Jan. 1.
Violators of the spice ban would face up to six months in county jail and $1,000 fines. Businesses that sell spice could lose their licenses.
Spice is commonly sold in smoke shops and markets, especially in Paso Robles. City police say they have received complaints from parents about the synthetic drugs, and they often notice use of the substances on Paso Robles streets.
Spice is reportedly about 1,000 times stronger than traditional marijuana.
The driver who caused a fatal crash on Highway 1 in Cayucos last month was allegedly addicted to spice and used it prior to the collision. The crash killed two children and sent two adults to the hospital with major injuries.