Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a judge has signed a consent order demanding mislabeled or unlabeled products, including synthetic marijuana and other intoxicants, be permanently removed from the store shelves of Look Ah Hookah locations in Henrietta, Greece and Webster. In addition to the removal of the products, the owner of Look Ah Hookah, Theresa J. Dyer, must also pay a $30,000 penalty and $2,000 in costs.
As part of Attorney General Schneiderman’s undercover investigation, agents went into Look Ah Hookah stores and purchased items such as Kratom, Fly Agaric Mushrooms, VOODOO Aromatic Potpourri, and Experience Salvia 150FX.
The agreement, which permanently bans the sale of any synthetic drugs or intoxicants, was signed today by the Honorable David M. Barry, Supreme Court, Monroe County. Today's 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.”
On July 10, Schneiderman filed 12 lawsuits against 16 head shop locations, including the Look Ah Hookah chain in Rochester. 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 off the shelves.
"The proliferation of synthetic drugs has become a crisis in Rochester, New York state and across the country,” said Schneiderman. “Today'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.”
Under New York state's labeling law, at minimum, consumer commodities must 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.