Bath Salt Apocalypse: AG Eric Schneiderman Hits New York Head Shops With Lawsuits

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There's a new hero in the ongoing Bath Salt Apocalypse: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Apparently recognizing that synthetic drugs like bath salts bring out a person's inner-cannibal, Schneiderman has filed 12 lawsuits against head shop retailers across New York for violating the state's labeling laws by selling the designer drugs under the guise that they're merely "herbal incenses." However, these "herbal incenses" just happen to have been linked to dozens of violent (oftentimes cannibalistic) assaults across the country.

Further reading on the Bath Salt Apocalypse:

-Naked Georgia Man Rambles About Tupac and Biggie Before Threatening To Eat Cop
-Louisiana Man Gnaws Neighbor's Face
-Utica Woman Threatens To Eat Cop While High On Bath Salts
-Miami Zombie Eats Homeless Man's Face

Schneiderman says undercover investigations revealed that employees at the stores -- which span from Buffalo to Long Island -- were illegally selling the drugs, which have innocuous names that give users the impression that they're harmless. But they're not -- as we mentioned, they often turn people into cannibals.

In May, a senior investigator from the AG's Office made four separate investigative visits to two head shops in the Rochester area, both named "Look ah Hookah." The agent bought two variations of the "powerful smokable substance K2" labeled "Zombie Matter" and "Voodoo." According to Schneiderman, both of the drugs were described by a clerk as "herbal incenses."

On a second trip to one of the stores, the investigator got his hands on other synthetic drugs like Fly Agaric Mushrooms, a well-known psychedelic, and Salvia. He also bought a bong recommended by a clerk to be the "best" way to smoke the drug.

On a third trip, the investigator bought "MJ Blueberry Aromatic Potpourri" and "kratom" an "extremely potent plant with opiate-like effects." According to Schneiderman, the drugs were advertised and labeled as "potpourri" or "incense," and the agent again purchased a smoking device at the recommendation of the store's clerk.

Technically, these drugs are legal. However, federal and state laws require that "all consumer commodities, at a minimum, be labeled to describe net contents, identity of the product, and the name and place of business of the product's manufacturer, packer, and distributor."

In other words, if you're going to sell drugs that potentially turn people into cannibals, calling it "incense" and then recommending they buy a bong from which to smoke it isn't gonna fly.

"The proliferation of illegal synthetic drugs has become a national crisis. In Rochester and across the state, our undercover investigations have revealed the widespread sales and promotion of bath salts and other dangerous drugs that are destroying people's lives," Schneiderman says. "We discovered that head shop employees were giving tutorials on how to use dangerous intoxicants. With today's actions, we are fighting back to control this crisis, and ensure that the days of profiting off the illegal sale of these dangerous drugs are over."

Normally, we wouldn't be applauding a law enforcement official for wasting time and money fighting the "war on drugs." However, synthetic drugs are fucking terrifying -- again, they apparently turn people into cannibals.

Maja Lundborg-Gray, M.D. at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, says the violence associated with synthetic drugs is unprecedented.

"There is a completely new level of violence and unpredictability associated with these patients. In some instances, hospital staff have been diverted from helping other patients in order to assist in securing and stabilizing designer drug users," Lundborg-Gray says.

The following stores are named in the lawsuit:

Pavilion International in Buffalo and Commack
Look Ah Hookah in Rochester (2 locations)
Twisted Headz in Syracuse
Trip on the Wild Side II in Watertown
Rolling Fire Glassworks in Binghamton
Goodfellas Alternative Smoke Shop in Utica
20 Below/ This and That in Plattsburgh
Shining Star Enterprises in Albany
Giggles in Poughkeepsie
Village Sensations in Nanuet
East Coast Psychedelics in Oceanside and Commack
Daze Smoke Shop in Baldwin

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13 comments
KratomOnline
KratomOnline

Kratom is a natural herb from the Mitragyna Speciosa plant that has deeply restorative properties for individuals suffering from fatigue, anxiety, depression or pain. It is a herbal remedy and not an opiate drug. http://kratomonline.org/does-kratom-work/

Idcase
Idcase

I'd like to take this opportunity to join the voices lambasting you for your ignorant parroting of Drug Warrior propaganda. So many others have called attention to the apparent depth of you ignorance on the subject (synthetic fungi, indeed!) so i'll instead address what I feel the be your most egregious journalistic failure: uncritically mirroring the propaganda of drug warriors as fact. Fuck you.

Luismartin605
Luismartin605

You must inform yourself about kratom. If you go to the website Herbal Generation you can go to "About Kratom" and find out the true medincal benefits of this plant extract.

AlwaysBlamingTheLittleGuy
AlwaysBlamingTheLittleGuy

None of the head shops mislabeled them. If anything, it's the manufacturers that have mislabeled the items. A modern day witch hunt wasting our tax payer dollars to hurt small businesses during a time of economic instability....brilliant idea guys.

Ted Jackins
Ted Jackins

By that logic who told people to make and smoke crack or meth?

A.J. Hall
A.J. Hall

Who told ppl to sniff bath salt? whoever did this 1st is a real a hole

BooRadley
BooRadley

This is the second article I've read this week in which James King completely fails to understand what bath salts are and are not. Also, the "Miami Zombie" was not high on bath salts.

Derp
Derp

I can't even begin to comprehend how poorly you understand the subject you are reporting on. You're buying into shameless sensationalism and proliferating it as fact.  Targeting Kratom is low, real low. It would take quite a bit of Kratom for a person to achieve any sort of real high, instead, it's often used to help opiate users with their withdrawals. And if "synthetic drugs" turned people into cannibals, well, research the meaning of the word "synthetic." You should be very ashamed of yourself.

Zmjnuuy
Zmjnuuy

You are the stupidest journalist ever. Congrats!

andywhoo
andywhoo

You certainly are incorrect.  Let's not get all Reefer Madness here, do some fact checking.  Fly Agaric mushrooms are a natural, organic hallucinagenic fungus that grows in the wild, which is also completely illegal, and any headshop caught selling magic mushrooms would be busted on felony charges,  Salvia, often sold with Kava Kava and other legal or semi-legal plant materials, is a plant that is very popular as an ornamental annual, and a member of the sage family.  Selling those herbs is legal, however, may get the headshop in trouble depending on how they are marketed.  As has been stated, the "bath salts" are a mix of synthetic stimulants which go in and out of legal status.  Much more serious and dangerous than the natural plants you refer to in your blog.  Please don't confuse the two. 

BoredCertified
BoredCertified

Fly Agaric is a natural mushroom Salvia is a naturally occurring plant you can purchase at most at nursery in early spring Kratom is a tree leaf from south east Asia that has MANY medicinal properties. Not a single one of the products you mention are bath salts. Great journalism there smarty pants. The Miami case toxicology report cam back NEGATIVE for any bath salts. Does it make you feel important to spread lies and misinformation? There is this really neat thing on the Internet known as a search engine, if you expect anyone to take your uneducated, poorly researched, and poorly writn crap seriously I would suggest you know your topic well and apply for a few classes at your local community college. The products you mentioned k2, and voodoo are synthetic cannibanoids that are agonists of the THC receptors naturally occuring in every human mind. Bath salts contain products that are amphetamine like in nature and like methamphetamine are known to cause psychosis. Don't you find it odd that these chemicals have been widely used for nearly ten years and in two months before our government wrote poorly written blanket legislation to ban these chemicals all of a sudden they make you a cannibal or a zombie? Come on, open your eyes. You are just like the rest of the sheep lead by wolves, whom are owned by pigs. I pray my retort stimulates your propaganda filled mind to do some research before you make a fool of yourself once more. Sincerely, BoredCertified

spvcmn
spvcmn

None of the things you listed are technically bath salts. K2 is a synthetic marijuana, Kratom is an organic stimulant/opioid, and the other sounds like a hallucinogen. Bath salts are a synthetic amphetamine—like meth. Totally different drugs. 

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