SLO council to consider spice ban

September 1, 2015

spiceSan Luis Obispo police are recommending that the city council ban spice and other synthetic drugs that resemble marijuana.

The council will consider an ordinance banning the possession, sale and display of synthetic drugs at its meeting Tuesday evening. If the ordinance is adopted, violators could be punished with up to six months in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

The cities of Atascadero, Morro Bay and Paso Robles have already adopted ordinances banning spice and similar drugs. Last year, two children died in a car crash on Highway 1 in Cayucos in which  the responsible driver was allegedly high on spice.

Spice and other synthetic drugs, like bath salts, have been sold in smoke shops in San Luis Obispo. They are also sold over the Internet.

Users of bath salts experience a high similar to cocaine, according to police.

A staff reports states officers have contacted individuals in San Luis Obispo who have been in possession or under the influence of spice or bath salts. The proposed ordinance would give the police the ability to address this problem in the community, the staff report states.

If the council approves of the ordinance Tuesday, staff will bring back the proposed ban at an upcoming meeting for final approval.


But isnt California about to make marijuana legal soon? lol


That’s right, everyone. The council is evil because they’re trying to prevent tragedy and the loss of life.

Ok, now bring on the age old argument about alcohol.

Do you folks even read what you’re writing? Oh, so sorry. Bath salts enhance life.


You need to think before you type…

No one here is supporting the taking of the drugs mentioned in this article. Some of us believe they should be outlawed — although as someone else said, all the manufacturers need to do is fiddle with the formulation to make them skirt around the law.

The question is who should enact such a law? It would seem to be something that should be undertaken by the feds or at least the State of CA and certainly not a local city council.


Ban what they are good at – ban the bags that it comes in. It would be awfully difficult to carry spice without those pesky bags.


Banning things is like pressing on a balloon, the air will still be there it will just go somewhere else, and the pressure will be increased. The consequences of prohibition are worse than the drugs themselves. First, you can’t ban all synthetics, unless you’re planning on banning all new chemical compounds, because someone will just come along and synthesize something even worse. Or more kids will go back to huffing paint and glue. Prohibition causes violence, crime, destroys lives, perpetuates inequality, and is downright hypocritical.


Is this really something a city council wants to stick its nose into? Synthetic drugs like Spice may indeed need to be banned but doing so at a city level is nothing more than a symbolic, costly, bureaucratic game.

Jorge Estrada

Never fear, it is still legal to bang your head against a wall. Employment likelyhood for damaged heads is just as unlikely.


This is quite an ordinance (at, government, council agendas if you want to take a look).

It starts off with a bit of reefer madness hyperbole: “Recreational use of psychoactive herbal incense, psychoactive bath salts and similar

products known as “synthetic drugs” has been documented to cause hallucinations, agitation,

psychosis, aggression, suicidal and homicidal ideations, cannibalism and death.” Wow, cannibals among us. Who’dathunkit? I guess CCN missed reporting on those.

But what’s really interesting is it is a deliberate, intentional effort to go beyond state and federal regulation of these substances, and put SLO at the front of the army. Unfortunately, the long recital of the offending substances is so specific that one can assume makers of synthetic hallucinogens will just come up with something new that’s not covered by the ordinance.

On the one hand, this is brave foolhardiness, on the other it just seems like more of what we’ve come to expect from San Luis Nobispo.


Actually a guy in Florida did eat off some other guys face while high on this stuff. He did so while naked on the roadside of a highway. Google it.

Francesca Bolognini

Well, you know….Florida.



Rich in MB

What….why does the SLO Council want to stop me from buying sage, rosemary, and cumin?