Order filed against N.Y. head shop

Bryan Cohen Jul. 26, 2012, 1:00pm


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a consent order on Thursday against a Rochester head shop banning the sale of mislabeled synthetic drugs.

The consent order demands that Look Ah Hooka'sh locations in Rochester, Henrietta and Webster permanently remove mislabeled or unlabeled products, including intoxicants like synthetic marijuana, from their shelves. Under the terms of the order, Theresa J. Dyer, the owner of Look Ah Hookah, must pay a $30,000 penalty and $2,000 in attorney costs.

Orders were also issued to remove synthetic drugs from the Baldwin-based Daze Smoke Shop, the Commack- and Oceanside-based East Coast Psychedelics, the Nanuet-based Village Sensations, the Poughkeepsie-based Giggles, the Albany-based Shining Star Enterprises, the Plattsburgh-based 20 Below/This and That, the Utica-based Goodfellas Alternative Smoke Shop, the Endicott-based Rolling Fire Glassworks, the Watertown-based Trip on the Wild Side II, the Syracuse-based Twisted Headz and the Buffalo- and Commack-based Pavilion International.

"The proliferation of synthetic drugs has become a crisis in Rochester, New York State and across the country," Schneiderman said. "Today's order proves that, by taking a creative approach in using the state's existing labeling laws, we can get swift results to remove dangerous synthetic drugs off store shelves and hold sellers accountable for breaking the law. We will continue to use every tool in our arsenal to combat the growing and dangerous synthetic drug epidemic."

The Honorable David M. Barry of the Monroe County Supreme Court signed the agreement, which permanently bans the sales of any synthetic intoxicants or drugs. The order follows undercover visits by Schneiderman's office into head shops throughout New York.

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