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Councilor Wants To Crack Down on ‘Spice’

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City Councilor Debbie O’Malley plans to introduce legislation today aimed at helping Albuquerque police crack down on businesses that sell “Spice,” or synthetic cannabis.

Under her proposal, police could issue a cease-and-desist order and seize Spice from businesses that sell it. A laboratory test would have to confirm the substance’s identity first.

A second violation within a five-year period would result in closure of the business for three days, and a third violation could result in the city refusing to renew the company’s business license.

Her proposal will be introduced at today’s council meeting and referred to a City Council committee.

Some believe that smoking synthetic cannabis produces effects similar to those of marijuana. But O’Malley’s legislation says emergency room physicians report that users experience serious side effects, such as convulsions, anxiety, dangerously elevated heart rates, vomiting and disorientation.

— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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