HOUSTON (FOX 26) - For the second time in as many weeks the Harris County Attorney’s office has filed suit against a smoke shop for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana.
That office got a temporary restraining order against the owner or owners of Jams Smoke Shop at 1319 FM 1960.
It appears the owners decided against battling the county attorney’s office in court.
When we went there Tuesday afternoon to get the businesses side of the story, we found the shop empty and closed for good.The county attorney’s office says it was granted a temporary restraining order against Jams Smoke Shop following several undercover buys of synthetic marijuana.
“And they’d have to go up to the counter and ask the clerk, 'hey I want to buy some of this, wink',” said assistant Harris County Melissa Spinks.
Last Thursday the Harris County Sheriff’s SWAT team burst down the door of Jams Smoke Shop following an undercover operation.
“And discovered a lot more synthetic marijuana, weapons and then they brought it to our office to file a civil lawsuit,” Spinks said.
Synthetic marijuana is typically sold as bath salts or potpourri.
“Any notion that an owner of a smoke shop is selling potpourri a little bag for 35 dollars they know exactly what they are doing,” said Spinks.
One of the most disturbing things about marijuana is that it’s being marketed to children.
“They may not find it easy to go buy real marijuana, but they can go into these smoke shops and convenience stores,” Spinks said.
The county attorney’s office says synthetic marijuana is the second most abused drug by high school students.
“It is not marijuana at all,” said Spinks.
Synthetic marijuana is a dried leafy substance that’s sprayed with added-in hallucinogenic chemicals that are dangerous and highly addictive.
“These are drugs that can cause dangerous psychosis panic attacks suicidal thoughts and even death,” Spinks said.
This is the eighth lawsuit the county attorney’s office has filed against shops selling synthetic marijuana in the last 10 months.