By: Melanie Woodrow
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - It's been illegal since Wednesday , and already, local law enforcement agencies are cracking down on businesses selling synthetic marijuana, known as spice. (labeled as potpourri or incense)
Governor Bob McDonell signed legislation criminalizing the possession, sale, and distribution of spice and bath salts. An emergency clause meant the bill went into effect immediately.
In Newport News, police officers took all of the spice from Lazy Dayz Hookah Lounge and Outer Edge Gifts on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard.
In Virginia Beach, employees at Birdneck Food Mart and Papa Joe's Smoke Shop voluntarily pulled spice from their shelves.
Businesses should contact their local law enforcement agencies to turn over any remaining spice.