Anchorage police cite retailers under 'Spice' law

Jan 23, 2014 -- 10:15am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage police are starting to ticket local gas station and smoke shops that are caught selling a designer drug known as "Spice." The Anchorage Daily News says police have issued three $500 warning tickets as of Tuesday under a local ordinance passed by the Anchorage Assembly last week. Businesses market the drug as incense or potpourri. Police and others, however, say an increasing number of users are getting high on the synthetic material, which also is known by many other names. Municipal prosecutor Cynthia Franklin helped write the legislation. She says the ordinance is designed to address a specific part of the problem. Police Sgt. Mark Rein says a shop will be fined $500 per unit if police return and the material is still for sale.

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