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Published May 02, 2012, 06:40 PM

New Devils Lake Smoke Shop Gets Mixed Reaction

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A new Devils Lake business has opened its doors to mixed reaction. The new smoke shop sells cigarettes and tobacco products, including pipes that are commonly associated with illegal drug culture.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A new Devils Lake business has opened its doors to mixed reaction. The new smoke shop sells cigarettes and tobacco products, including pipes that are commonly associated with illegal drug culture.

Since Dreamers Smoke Shop opened three weeks ago, the owners say they're doing everything to distance the business from any illegal activities.

Customer Raymond Mason says the shop is great for tobacco users.

"I've come and gotten a bag of tobacco. It lasts quite a while. Cigarettes, just a lot cheaper," Mason said.

But some people question owner Alicia James on her motives.

"We just explain that all our products in here are for tobacco use," Dreamers owner Alicia James said.

Opponents of the store may argue that glass pipes may be used for illegal purposes, but store owners say they refuse to sell to anyone who mentions illegal drugs while in the shop.

James she says it could be possible, though, that customers use her products illegally.

"I honestly cannot say. I don't follow the customers outside of the store and stuff. I hope they're not," James said.

But selling pipes is perfectly legal. Mayor Dick Johnson says the city has no problem with the business.

"There are a lot of products in a lot of different stores throughout the Main Street and around the town that are perfectly legal, that altered, can be used for illegal purposes," Johnson said.

"There's a bunch of little kids around. They shouldn't be around where they're selling smoke," Devils Lake resident Rita Foss said.

And although some are against the store, others say the shop won't increase drug use in Devils Lake.

"I'm a regular person who, at one point, used to smoke drugs, you know, but not any more. But it doesn't attract me any," Devils Lake resident Francine Green said.

James says the shop has done so well she is considering opening an indoor smoking lounge next door to Dreamers.

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