Buying or selling spice is now a felony in Ariz.

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 10 at 9:49 PM

PHOENIX -- Call it spice, synthetic marijuana or K-2, and now you can also call it illegal.

Synthetic drugs like spice and bath salts can cause body highs, hallucinations, and sometimes death.

This month Governor Jan Brewer outlawed all mixtures that make up the popular products.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is on board.

"For retailers and manufactures of synthetic drugs you are on notice that Arizona law permits the seizure of these items for subsequent prosecution," said Montgomery.

On Wednesday, 3TV found a smoke shop in Phoenix was still selling spice.

The owner told us he was unaware of the change in law but planned on getting rid of the banned substance.

Baker Algharni, who owns Alvin’s Smoke Shop in Phoenix ,already tossed out his supply after friends told him about the change in the law.

If caught selling spice, store owners could face a felony charge.

Users and anyone caught with spice in their possession could also face criminal charges.

Montgomery is asking parents to sound the alarm on shop owners not following the law.

"At the corner market or smoke shop or convenient store has these items on the shelf call police. These items are unlawful and have no place in legitimate commerce," said Montgomery.

For parents concerned about spice and their children, Drug Free Arizona will hold a webinar on synthetic drugs on Friday, April 26 from 12:00-12:30 p.m.  

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