BRIGHAM CITY -- The city passed an ordinance restricting the manufacture, distribution and possession of any synthetic cannabinoids, more commonly known as spice, inside the city limits.
The ordinance was approved at the request of the youth city council that said there have been some hospitalizations in the city after the use of spice.
Police Chief Paul Tittensor said the ruling is a "Band-Aid" ordinance to get the city through until July.
Tittensor is expecting the Legislature to pass a statewide ordinance that, if approved, would take effect in July 2011.
The substance affects the central nervous system and slows the body down.
"It clearly influences driving," Tittensor said.
City Attorney Kirk Morgan said the state now has a lab that can test for spice.
"In the city's drug court, 10 were tested and seven came back positive," Morgan said.
Neither Morgan nor Tittensor said they were aware of any business that was selling the drug in Brigham City.
"Chief Nance (from Tremonton) has seen it primarily in gas stations that sell it to students," Tittensor said.
The city ordinance will make it a Class B misdemeanor to manufacture, sell or possess any synthetic cannabinoids, which has a penalty of up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000.