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State AG files lawsuit against Tobacco King for false advertising of ‘Spice’

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DENVER — Colorado’s Attorney General has filed a civil lawsuit against a Longmont store for selling a variety of products commonly known as Spice.

The lawsuit is against Tobacco King owned by Sang Leaming.

“Leaming and Tobacco King sold spice products without warning consumers that the contents may contain illegal synthetic cannabinoids or other undisclosed, and potentially dangerous, chemicals,” said AG spokeswoman Carolyn Tyler.

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State drug enforcement officers previously seized more than 1,000 containers of Spice from Tobacco King, Tyler said.

“Distributors and stores that sell spice products deceptively market these products as safe and legal, when in fact many of the spice products are a controlled substance under both state and federal law and contain harmful and undisclosed chemicals. By prominently displaying the spice alongside common smoking accessories, Tobacco King made the spice appear to be safe and legal,” said Suthers.

The suit claims Tobacco King sold Spice products with the label “not for human consumption,” but also owners knew “the products would be consumed to affect a drug-induced high.”

The Spice was sold in colorful packaging under several names including:
— Happy Tiger
— Scooby Snax
— Cosmic Kratom
— Black Magic
— Mad Hatter
— 2012
— High Roller Plant Food
–Prism
— Jamaican
— Funkey Monkey

Under Colorado law, all synthetic cannabinoids are illegal, not merely those designated by federal law.

The lawsuit was filed in Boulder County Court.  The Boulder DA confirmed Leaming was arrested on a charge of possession of a synthetic cannabinoid and one count of distribution of a synthetic cannabinoid.