Buffalo Proactive on 'Spice' Regulations

Bill Hawley
Bill Hawley

The Wyoming Department of Health and the Casper-Natrona County Health Department released a warning to Wyoming residents late last week to avoid the use of “spice” due to potentially critical health effects.

According to their media release, at least three Casper area residents who reportedly smoked or ingested “blueberry spice” recently have been hospitalized due to reported kidney failure, while others have sought medical attention in connection with the drug’s use.
Spice is a synthetic type of marijuana that can be several times more
potent than the marijuana more commonly found in Wyoming.
Buffalo's City Council took a very proactive stance on the substances 14 months ago, based on information stating the substances were potentially harmful then.

City Councilman Bill Hawley, who is also the Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist with the Johnson County Community Resource Center, explains why the city took such a stand against the substances.

In December of 2010, the council passed an ordinance banning the sale, use and possession of the intoxicating substances, commonly referred to as “Spice,” as well as a number of other synthetic “bath salts.”
The sale, use or possession of the substances in the city limits is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $750.

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