February 7, 2012
Chilly morning air Saturday didn’t stop members of Payson’s Tea Party group from protesting the sale of designer drugs at the One Stop convenience store at the corner of Highway 87 and Bonita Street. Currently the sale of these products is legal, but Mayor Kenny Evans says the town is working on an ordinance that would outlaw the sale of spice and similar designer drugs in Payson.
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Spice, potpourri cause users to have hallucinations and even seizures
The hand-drawn posters all carried a similar message, “Stop One Stop Selling Spice” and get designer drugs out of the hands of Payson residents. A group of 15 gathered at the One Stop convenience store for several hours Saturday to protest what they say is a growing problem in the community — the sale and use of synthetic drugs such as spice, potpourri and bath salts. While legal to use and buy, the group said the substances can have unattended health consequences. Local authorities have already seen several users get sick off the synthetic drugs and one even suffered a seizure from possible use. Other reactions range from violent outburst to hallucinations.