Village Sensations of Nanuet is one of 16 stores in 12 counties being sued by the New York State Attorney General’s Office for mislabeling substances such as synthetic marijuana and bath salts in order to get around federal and state laws.
Undercover investigators bought illegally labeled intoxicants and the transactions were caught on video. Twelve lawsuits were filed across the state, as some of the 16 stores were operated by the same retailer. No criminal charges were brought.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Tuesday, July 10 that the stores violated the state’s labeling laws by selling the designer drugs without information such as the net content, identification of the product, and name and place of business of the product’s manufacturer, packer and distributor.
The AG’s Office did not say what damages they are seeking from Village Sensations or what the local head shop specifically had sold.
Schneiderman said some of the stores were giving demonstrations on how to use the dangerous substances. A number of the retailers were sued for selling nitrous oxide, as well, a violation of the state’s Public Health Law. Commonly known as “whippits,” when dispensed from a whipped-cream container that uses nitrous-oxide to compress air flow, it has been linked to several deaths.
The gas is typically used by youths who want an easy high.