As of midnight substances commonly known as "spice" and "bath salts" will no longer be readily available in stores, and will be illegal in the state of North Carolina.
Officials say this law was a long time coming. They say part of the problem with these drugs is they were unregulated, and readily available at many stores.
Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown says although he's glad to get these drugs out of the stores and off of the streets, he does believe there still needs to be more to the law. "I think it's way past due. I really believe there needs to be some type of provisions in the law that any mind altering drug falls in to a certain category it's illegal before you have to go through the fight similar to these two drugs that we're facing now."
As of Wednesday, anyone found with substances commonly known as "spice" and "bath salts" will be arrested and charged with a felony.