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Published August 10, 2011, 02:25 PM

2nd Moorhead Smoke Shop Accused of Selling Banned Synthetic Marijuana

The owner of Mellow Mood, 409 Main Ave., is charged with selling and possessing synthetic cannabinoids in a complaint filed in Clay County District Court on Tuesday, Lt. Brad Penas said in a news release this morning.

By: Forum Communications,

MOORHEAD – A second smoke shop here has been accused by police of selling a substance banned under a new state ban on synthetic marijuana.

The owner of Mellow Mood, 409 Main Ave., is charged with selling and possessing synthetic cannabinoids in a complaint filed in Clay County District Court on Tuesday, Lt. Brad Penas said in a news release this morning.

The charges were filed against the shop’s owner, Andrew Leikas, after police seized an item on July 11 they suspected was banned by the new law.

A sample of the product was submitted to the state crime laboratory run by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which gave Moorhead police results of testing on July 20 alleging it was covered by the new drug law, Penas said.

Moorhead police say that officers met with owners of the five smoke shops that had been selling the “herbal incense” products July 1 when the ban went into effect. At that time, none of the stores were selling any items police suspected of being outlawed by the ban.

The owner of Pyromaniacs, another smoke shop in downtown Moorhead, has also been accused of running afoul of the synthetic pot ban and is facing the same charges.

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