The confiscations are the result of Gov. Robert Bentley signing an executive order last week criminalizing the product, which goes by the names “spice” or “K2.”
Taylor said store owners have until Oct. 24 to remove the product without facing criminal charges.
“After the 24th, if you’re in possession of it, there will be criminal charges,” Taylor said. “Some of the products are packaged as potpourri or incense, but clearly it’s not.”
State Health Officer Don Williamson has added the compounds found in synthetic marijuana to Schedule I of Alabama Controlled Substances list.
Once the synthetic marijuana is confiscated it will be incinerated, Taylor said.
“This is a new thing and we’re learning as we go,” Taylor said. “We know this stuff is a hallucinogenic type drug … we’re comparing it to heroin.”