City, Nothin' Butt Smokes resolve citations

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Updated: 4/12/2013 10:03 pm
A month after Lubbock's ban on synthetic marijuana went into effect, the city prosecutor reached an agreement with one vendor for violations.

The city attorney's office announced Friday that local smokeshop Nothin' Butt Smokes voluntarily agreed to stop selling certain herbal aromatherapy products, which were confiscated from the shop in March. 

Assistant City Attorney John Grace said the agreement requires Nothin' Butt Smokes to no longer sell nine products, which are considered in violation of the city's ordinance.

"Nothin' Butt Smokes has cooperated with us," Grace said, "and we appreciate their cooperation in removing some products from the streets of Lubbock."

After the ordinance went into effect in February, patrol officers checked in on several smoke shops around town and found six still selling banned substances.

Following the search and seizure of the smoke shops in March, Sgt. Jonathan Stewart with the Lubbock Police Department said an employee at one of the locations was cited for attempting to stop officers.

Grace said the charges against the individual employee of the business were dropped in the agreement.

Grace said at this point the city is unable to test for all 400 banned compounds, but will continue to monitor Nothin' Butt Smokes and develop some testing protocols to identify if substances contain banned ingredients.

"In order to prosecute these cases," Grace said, "we have to have test from the Department of Public Safety crime lab to identify which substances are in the products. Our ordinance prohibits a very specific list of compounds and that's what we test for." 

The confiscated substances from Nothin' Butt Smokes were never put to the test.

"I do want to make it clear that this agreement that was reached happened before we did any testing," Grace said. "there's been no testing of these specific nine products."

Shon Ross with Nothin' Butt Smokes said his business continues to work with its suppliers and local law enforcement to ensure the products it sells do not violate local, state, or federal bans.
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