"Bath Salts" and "Spice" Sales Are Not Banned in Yavapai County

Despite what the Yavapai County Attorney's Office is saying, the sales of "bath salts" and "spice" have not been banned in the county.

Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk sure isn't the first to announce that a ban on "bath salts" or "spice" has been enacted around here -- the Legislature tried this one before -- but just like the rest, Yavapai County has not outlawed the synthetic drugs.

See also:
-"Bath Salts" Tales From Yavapai County, Part 1
-"Bath Salts" Tales From Yavapai County, Part 2
-Bath Salts: Our Told-Ya-So Moments on "Ban" Continue
-Naked Men in Tempe High on Bath Salts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
-DEA Carries Out Raids for Selling Chemicals Similar to Illegal Drugs
-"Bath Salts" Bill Still Leaves Concept of "Bath Salts" Legal

The "ban" is actually a permanent injunction against 12 places in the county that were selling either of the substances, as a judge agreed that they were creating a "public nuisance" with their sales.

So, unless you run "Hawaiian Honey Swimwear LLC," "Pipe Dreamz Smoke Shop," or any of the 10 other retailers named in the injunction -- "including their officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys, and those persons in active concert or participation with them who receive actual notice of Injunction by personal service or otherwise" -- then the YCAO didn't ban you from selling either substance.

Of course, that still doesn't stop the feds from claiming the chemicals you're selling are "similar" to illegal drugs, but on the county level, it's certainly not a "ban."

Still, the affidavits that led a judge to granting the permanent injunction on Monday were full of scary shit.

We wrote about nearly a dozen of the tales recounted in those affidavits, including the tale of Calvin, who was "observed doing 'snow angels' on the ground and eating dirt" after ingesting some bath salts, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office detective.

Calvin ended up getting the Taser after fighting with a deputy, but that didn't stop him from attempting to stab the deputy with sticks. Eventually, Calvin stopped breathing and the deputy performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived and took over.

Of course, that was only after Calvin ran into a random person's campsite screaming about some sort of hostage situation. At that point, he got naked and stole a car.

"Shortly thereafter, the individual heard the vehicle hit a tree and Calvin yelling 'get them off me' or 'get them away from me," the detective wrote.

And those bath salts can still be obtained from a retailer without an injunction against it.

Click here to read the injunction.

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Matthew Hendley
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