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Designer drug ban targets Payson stores

Spice will remain legal to use and possess — but not to sell in town

Three local businesses that continue to sell synthetic drugs despite weeks of community protests will have to remove the products from their shelves on Sunday when a Payson ordinance takes effect. The law bans the sale of “intentionally misused” products by retailers, but does not make it illegal to possess or use the products. Police Chief Don Engler praised the council for taking quick action to ban the sale of the products, which state legislators have struggled to ban altogether. On Monday, Payson officers will visit each store to make sure the products, commonly known as “spice” and “potpourri,” are gone, Engler said. The ban covers all products labeled “not for human consumption” at the One Stop, Wear This and Payson Marketplace. The police department is sending letters to each business this week notifying owners of the change. So far, none of the owners have reacted to the news while community response has “been overwhelmingly supportive,” Engler said.

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