DENVER (Legal Newsline) - A recent lawsuit filed by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has resulted in a settlement that imposed the nation’s largest ever civil fine against a single store for selling “spice” products.
Sang Leaming, owner of Tobacco King, was ordered to pay $100,000 for allegedly selling spice products that contained synthetic cannabinoids. Synthetic cannabinoids are illegal under Colorado law. The products were deceptively labeled and no warnings about illegality or potential harm were provided to customers, Suthers claimed.
The lawsuit was filed after the Colorado Department of Revenue, Liquor & Tobacco Enforcement Division removed 1,049 containers of spice products from Tobacco King.
“Spice is a dangerous, volatile drug that is illegal, despite the claims of many store owners that it is not,” Suthers said. “My office will continue working with our law enforcement partners and the retail industry to remove spice from store shelves and prosecute peddlers of these products.”
The Colorado Attorney General’s office has filed four lawsuits this year against storeowners who allegedly advertised and sold spice as legal and safe.