KAYSVILLE -- Now that the state has taken action against spice, Kaysville's ordinance is no longer necessary.
The city council is repealing ordinance 10-10-1, which was passed Oct. 5 and regulated the purchase, sale and possession of spice.
"When we wrote the ordinance, we said we didn't want to wait for the state to enact a law, so we passed one ourselves as a city," said Mayor Steve Hiatt.
The Kaysville ordinance contained a provision that if the state enacted regulations covering spice, the ordinance would no longer be deemed effective. That happened in February when the Legislature passed House Bill 23, which bans the sale of the synthetic form of cannabis, known as spice, throughout the state. The ban also prohibits the possession or manufacture of the drug, which is usually sold as incense but provides a marijuana-like high if smoked.
Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed the bill into law Feb. 25.
Even though Kaysville is getting rid of the now-unneeded ordinance, Hiatt does not want people to think the city is backing off its stance against spice.
"We are no less passionate about the need to regulate this chemical compound, but now it is covered on a state level," Hiatt said. "I'm proud of our state Legislature for taking the responsibility of enacting this ordinance on a state level. I couldn't be happier with the progress they made, and I'm delighted we're covered as a state."
Hiatt said if there ever happened to be a change to the state law, which he does not foresee, the city would again address the issue.