NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A signature away from becoming illegal, spice manufacturers have found a way to possibly avoid the ban. A new, chemical free spice has hit the market.
Governor McDonnell plans to sign the legislation passed this weekend , but businesses are already peddling spice's chemical free sister, saying the new spice is perfectly legal.
At the Space Station in Norfolk, 10 On Your Side's undercover camera captured employees cashing in on spice while they still can.
"I've got a new bunch that's flying out of here. There's this one brand, barely legal," said an employee.
Spice manufacturers may have outsmarted lawmakers with a new supposedly chemical free spice.
"If a government can lay out a standard for what is and isn't acceptable to sell and a manufacturer can comply with that then I would think everything should be good to go," said Jay Sedwick, owner of Lazy Dayz Hookah Lounge.
Lazy Dayz Hookah Lounge owner Jay Sedwick has been selling what he believes is chemical free spice.
"I really liken it to industries that have had to go through the same thing, be it Crayola with their markers; they had to change the formula so kids couldn't huff it to get high," said Sedwick.
10 On Your Side was still able to purchase spice in some stores Monday.
It's not illegal until Governor McDonnell signs the legislation. The ban will also make bath salts, a synthetic cocaine, illegal.
Jay Sedwick is so confident his products do not fall within the ban, he gave 10 On Your Side samples to get tested.
According to the legislation, possessing spice would be a misdemeanor, but distributing it would be a felony. Manufacturing spice would be punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Those who sell to minors or near schools and other government buildings would face a mandatory two years in jail.
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