CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A store suspected of selling synthetic marijuana shut its doors after a WAVE 3 Troubleshooter investigation. Now, the owners of Monroe's in Clarksville have come forward to claim they are being unfairly targeted. Troubleshooter Eric Flack has been working to uncover the latest developments.
The owners of Monroe's turned over lab tests that show the presence of synthetic cannabinoids from products purchased at another smoke shop in southern Indiana. Although the Troubleshooter Department was unable to confirm the validity of the tests, if accurate they would prove other southern Indiana stores are selling the banned substance "spice" which is the street name for smokable synthetic marijuana.
The shredded, dried plant sprayed with chemicals produces a mind altering high and is illegal, but a WAVE 3 hidden camera investigation discovered it is being sold at Monroe's. Investigators said they have been unable to press charges because state police testing equipment is not advanced enough to confirm the presence of banned chemical compounds.
The owners of Monroe's said they shut down shortly after the WAVE 3 Troubleshooter investigation aired because they learned the chemical compound in their product was recently added to the banned list making it illegal. The owners said they did not want to risk prosecution but they are still weighing their options about whether to re-open. They said a lot depends on whether they can find a different, legal version of the product.
The owners said the stuff they sell is labeled "not for human consumption" but they can't control what their customers do with it.
The owners of Monroe's feel singled out by police, who they claim, have not put the same effort into cracking down on other smoke shops. Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer said that's not true. Palmer said his investigators recently shut down another smoke shop selling synthetic marijuana, and confiscated more than $40,000 in cash and product. In August, Palmer sent samples from the store the owners of Monroe's is complaining about for testing. Palmer said if those samples are found to be illegal, the owner of that store will be prosecuted.
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