Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Tuesday, August 14 that a judge has signed a consent order and judgment demanding mislabeled or unlabeled products, including synthetic marijuana and other intoxicants, be permanently removed from the store shelves of Village Sensations in Nanuet. In addition to the removal of these harmful products, Smoken LLC, doing business as Village Sensations, must also pay a $13,000 penalty and $2,000 in costs.
As part of Schneiderman’s undercover investigation, agents went into Village Sensations and purchased items including two types of Kratom products, nitrous oxide canisters and Mollys Mosquito Caps, which according to the Drug Enforcement Agency, is an extremely dangerous substance.
“The proliferation of synthetic drugs has become a crisis in Rockland County, New York State and across the country. The judge’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,” said Schneiderman. “We will continue to use every tool in our arsenal to combat the growing and dangerous synthetic drug epidemic.”
The order and judgment, which permanently bans the sale of any synthetic drugs or intoxicants, was signed Monday by the Honorable William J. Giacomo, Supreme Court, Westchester County. The order comes after Schneiderman’s office conducted an undercover investigation into head shops across the state. The investigation revealed that head shop retailers were selling designer drugs, including commonly known synthetics such as “bath salts” and “synthetic marijuana.” Undercover investigators statewide also discovered head shop employees were promoting these dangerous synthetic drugs and giving tutorials on how to prepare and ingest them.
Under New York State’s labeling law, the packaging of consumer commodities must, at a minimum, identify the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor, the common product name, the net quantity of contents, and the net quantity of servings, uses or applications represented to be present with appropriate directions and warnings for customary use.
On July 10, Schneiderman filed 12 lawsuits against 16 head shop locations, including Village Sensations in Nanuet. Within 36 hours of filing the lawsuits, the Attorney General’s office obtained Temporary Restraining Orders from all 12 judges effectively removing the mislabeled products from the shelves. Monday’s order permanently bans the retailer from selling synthetic drugs.