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LA City Council takes emergency action to ban 'Spice'

A passed out man lies on a sidewalk in New York, which has experienced an explosion in the use of K2 or 'Spice', a synthetic marijuana drug.
A passed out man lies on a sidewalk in New York, which has experienced an explosion in the use of K2 or 'Spice', a synthetic marijuana drug.
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The L.A. City Council is taking emergency action to ban use of the synthetic drug "Spice."

Friday it instructed the city attorney to draft an ordinance barring the sale, manufacture, distribution and possession of the drug.

Spice is blamed for making nearly 70 people on Skid Row sick over the past week.

Captain Don Graham with the LAPD's Central Division says finding a legislative way to fully ban synthetic drugs will be difficult.

"A law that is broad enough to identify and realize when chemicals are being made for the purpose of spice distribution versus some sort of unnecessary ban on the production of chemicals is the balance that has to be struck," Graham says.

The chemicals used to make spice vary. They can include potpourri, bug spray and brake fluid.

Police are urging anyone who has a friend or loved one on Skid Row to get them off the streets.  The LAPD says homeless people who turn over Spice voluntarily will not be arrested.