“This is the District’s first licensure action against a business for selling synthetic drugs”

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From DCRA:

“On February 12, 2015, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) will revoke the business licenses associated with a convenience store located at 814 Bladensburg Road NE because they sold illegal synthetic drugs.

The District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings upheld DCRA’s decision to the revoke the licenses in an order issued last week; the order was the first of its kind covering DCRA’s synthetic drug regulations.

“Synthetic drugs have been linked to severe adverse health effects and, with names like Scooby Snax, appear to be marketed to children,” said DCRA Interim Director Melinda Bolling. “This action sends a powerful message: if you sell synthetic drugs in the District of Columbia, you will lose your business license.”

Synthetic drugs are manufactured substances intended to mimic the effects of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and ecstasy. Often, they are manufactured from substances that were not included on controlled substances lists. The substances usually hit the marketplace without being tested and health experts report that use of synthetic drugs can be life threatening.

To stay ahead of law enforcement, manufacturers frequently change the composition of synthetic drugs so that the products continue to be free of controlled substances at the time of manufacture.

However, DCRA has adopted regulations targeting the packaging and price of synthetic drugs rather than simply focusing on the contents. Under the regulations, government officials can treat products that are exorbitantly expensive and contain unusual warnings as synthetic drugs. For example, regulators could deduce that one gram of glass cleaner selling for $20 and containing a warning “not for sale to minors” is a synthetic drug. If a business has any questions about a product that they are selling, they can seek clarification from DCRA about whether the product qualifies as a synthetic drug.

This is the District’s first licensure action against a business for selling synthetic drugs, and the agency continues to build cases against other businesses that may be selling synthetic drugs.”

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  • This is terrific news and I really hope they can make it stick ESPECIALLY because the punishment is hitting the bad actor businesses, not the junkies who patronize them. I hope the corner store on my block is up next.

  • clevelanddave

    We need more of this. These drugs are terrible. I’m sure PoPvile members know of other places- convenience stores, gas stations, other places selling these foil packages out in the open or under the table…

  • brookland_rez

    That’s the Mobile station across the street from the CVS.

  • hope that the “electronics” shop at 2nd and FL NW is #2. we find Scooby Snax wrappers all over the place.

    • Exactly! I’d like to think the temporary revocation of Aida’s license was enough to teach the lesson, but somehow I doubt it. I’m getting used to not having addicts on my stoop waiting for the place to open.

      • Care to share a description of the types of people into these drugs? I’ve seen the packaging discarded around town but am otherwise clueless.

        • ALL sorts of people who are chasing a cheap high, though generally on the lower end of the SES spectrum.

        • typically have a vacant look in their eyes and suffer from a lack of confidence… they don’t know when they are getting played by some shady corporation that only exists to exploit their customers. they just think it’s cool and edgy.

  • Good. About time.

  • I hope the Riyad Dollar Store on Upshur and 8th is next!

  • Glad they got busted, but slightly disappointed that it wasn’t one of the liquor stores on that strip (Mudrick’s and Rose’s). Those places are definitely not adding to the community.

    • Mudrick’s doesn’t sell liquor, it’s a convenience store.

    • Brooklyn Brawler

      I came in this thread to post the exact same thing! Never in my life have I seen so many drugged up people and alcoholics along that strip and across the street beneath Hechinger Mall. I hate walking pass them smoking drugs open in public!

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