ST. GEORGE – A new city ordinance in St. George now makes the possession of “Spice” illegal and city officials are hoping to educate the public about the dangers of spice.
On March 8, from 6 to 7 p.m., Drug Task Force Commander Dave Moss, along with Mayor Dan McArthur and City Attorney Shawn Guzman, will hold a free training for the community on the negative effects of spice. The training will be held at the Dixie Convention Center in the Entrada Room.
Moss said officers had previously arrested individuals for selling, manufacturing or consuming spice, but will now arrest individuals for possession. He said spice is actually more dangerous than marijuana because it affects the same sensors in the brain that marijuana does, but it is much more potent and has a higher concentration.
“We’ve had several cases in Utah where kids have ended up in the emergency room because of overdosing on it because it is more potent,” he said.
Reported signs of spice use include agitation, anxiety, elevated blood pressure, hallucinations, tremors and seizure and vomiting.