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Colo. AG sues convenience store over alleged sale of 'spice'

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 23, 2014


DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced a lawsuit on Tuesday against an Aurora-based convenience store that allegedly sold synthetic cannabinoids, which are commonly referred to as "spice."

Paymon's Market Inc. and its owners, Rhamatollah Ghamari and Paymon Elliot, allegedly sold spice products with deceptive labeling that failed to warn consumers about the presence of illegal and dangerous synthetic cannabinoids. Paymon's spice products allegedly contained misleading labeling, which is a violation of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act.

"Nationally, eight percent of high-school seniors say they have used some type of so-called synthetic marijuana in the last year," Suthers said. "Paymon marketed these spice products as safe and legal when in fact they are very dangerous as well as illegal."

In July, the Aurora Police Department and the Colorado Department of Revenue allegedly removed 1,181 packages of spice from Paymon's under the product names Sexy Monkey, iBlown, Mad Monkey and Crazy Monkey, in addition to unlabeled packages of spice products.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigations alleges the spice products contained illegal synthetic cannabinoids, including AB-PINACA, a chemical analog of APINACA. APINACA analogs are the latest types of synthetic cannabinoids used in spice products and were only recently identified by forensic lab agents.

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