Smoke shops busted for synthetic marijuana

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Updated: 3/19/2013 7:44 pm
It's been about a week since the city of Lubbock officially banned synthetic marijuana, and some smoke shops seem to be adapting more quickly than others. 

Sergeant Jonathan Stewart with the Lubbock Police Department said patrol officers checked in on several smoke shops around town over the weekend, and found six still selling the banned substances. Those locations received citations, and LPD has seized the contraband. An employee at one of the locations was also arrested for attempting to stop officers from taking their products. 

"Our officers, on a day-to-day basis, when they come into contact with the substances, may issue citations, and that's not going to receive any attention," Stewart said. "However, we had been getting reports from citizens that they had seen these items still for sale in some stores around town. So it's just something that we followed up on, and we did find that to be true."

Owner of Nothin' Butt Smokes Shon Ross, however, says he believes that officers don't know the ordinance.

"We still stand firm that all of our products are compliant with the city ordinance," said Ross, "We're working through the legal process to prove that fact."

Ross confirmed that an employee at one of the locations was arrested but said it was unrelated to the raid at his stores.

A violation of the ordinance is a Class C misdemeanor, which means an individual is subject to a $500 fine, and a business up to $2,000 fine. 
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