1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93306-3302
April 18, 2016
Spice Found and Seized from Oildale Tobacco Shop
Public Relations Officer
Bakersfield – A search of the Oildale Tobacco & Discount Store located at 215 Roberts Lane by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office pursuant to a search warrant resulted in the seizure of spice. As a result Kern County Public Health Services is issuing a 30-day suspension of the facility’s health permits that will prohibit their ability to sell food and tobacco products. “This great partnership with the Sheriff’s Office has resulted in removing spice from a second retailer and will help in keeping spice out of the hands of our youth,” says Matt Constantine, Public Health Services Director.
Spice, also known as “synthetic marijuana”, is a drug that is made by spraying chemicals onto plantlike materials. Spice use has been linked with violent and aggressive behaviors and death, and use of spice is alarmingly high, especially among our youth.
In 2012, a section of Health and Safety Code was enacted that criminalized the sale, distribution and/or possession of psychoactive stimulants, including spice. However, this section of Health and Safety Code narrowly defines the chemical compounds of spice, which have since been found altered to provide similar hallucinogenic effects but fall outside of governmental regulation. On September 1, 2015, the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved the implementation of an Ordinance that furthered the definition from Health and Safety Code to include anything that is claimed or represented to be a psychoactive stimulant as a crime in Kern County.
The penalties associated with violation of the Kern County Ordinance Code include the ability to modify, suspend, and/or revoke any permit or license issued by the County of Kern. The Kern County Public Health Services Department is responsible for enforcement of this Ordinance because spice poses such a significant health risk and because these drugs are most commonly known to be distributed from tobacco retail facilities and/or food markets, which are permitted and inspected by the Department.
If you have information about where spice is being sold in Kern County, please contact us at (661) 321-3000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.