Bangor Police Ask “Spice” Sellers To Pull Product From Shelves 

The synthetic drug herbal incense, commonly referred to as “spice,” is at the root of a growing problem in downtown Bangor.So say local police who are asking shop owners that sell the legal substance to pull it from their shelves.”Interim chief, Peter Arno, had asked that all shops, retail shops, that deal in spice, that synthetic marijuana, as it’s so called, to plead stop selling it due to the poisonous effects it’s having on the citizens in town that are smoking it,” said Sergeant Paul Edwards.Edwards says the drug is said to give a marijuana-like feel, and is common among those looking to get the same type of high as pot, but that’s turning out to not be the case.”The problem was that it quickly evolved into something different than that. I think initially, people thought, ‘I smoke spice, yeah, it’s pretty close to pot, a little different, but it’s ok, now were here reports of people on spice that are acting erratic, they’re acting psychotic, they are disorderly, they’re acting almost as if they’re on bath salts. We have a hard time determining who’s on bath salts, and who’s on spice, unless we ask them and they’re truthful,” said Edwards.Police say it’s become a major issue downtown and has sent many to the hospital.”It comes down to a hospitalization to make sure that person doesn’t die, because that also, spice is having the same physiological effects, high blood pressure, high heart rate, sweating,” said Edwards.At the Herbal Tea and Tobacco Company, they’re happy to cooperate with police even if it means sacrificing profit.”When we do business in this city we have a responsibly to consider their interests and we all agreed that it was in everyone’s best interest to stop selling it. We’re going to lose a great deal of revenue however we’ve been visited by a lot of customers we haven’t seen In quite awhile and they’re very excited about the move,” said owner Christopher Rohlin.Even though there has been a positive customer response, some aren’t pleased.”I’ve smoked it. It’s a good product. It’s just they overdo it. They overdo it. They don’t know when to say enough is enough,” said Steven Stoddard, a Bangor resident.Bill Bart, the owner of Headies, who recently opened a shop downtown, says he will not be selling the synthetic drug in his downtown shop.To keep spice from escalating to a bath salts type epidemic, Sergeant edwards believes it comes down to the law.”The legislature is trying, or at least, developing bills to illegal it’s all components of selling.”As well as awareness.”You get to a place where you can’t control what you’re going to do and it can kill you.”