A note on a Longview business' door had a message to send after Longview police cited the business for selling synthetic marijuana.
Wildflowers Smoke Shop was one of five businesses in the area to receive a citation. Police said all of those shops closed their doors voluntarily following the citation, though law enforcement did not require them to do so. Well, someone wasn't happy with police according to a note stuck to the door a few days later. The owner of that shop told KLTV she had no idea that note was stuck to her store front door or that what she was selling violated local laws.
It was a small note with a big message.
"There was a sign up on the door that said "closed by the police,"" Officer Kristie Brian, with the Longview Police Department, described.
She received a text with a picture of the note this weekend.
"We were just trying to do our job and protect the health and safety of our citizens, and this is definitely a problem here in this city," she said about the drug.
Just days after ten Longview residents, including five Gregg county jail inmates, had to go to the hospital after smoking synthetic marijuana, Brian said the drug has become a serious public health concern.
The owner of Wildflowers told KLTV over the phone that she hadn't heard about the post-it note until we asked her about it.
"This is the first I have heard of the note," Kathie Morrison, the owner, said. "I have no idea who wrote it, but I will find out. I believe the Longview police were just doing their job."
She also said she had no idea there was anything illegal about the product she was selling.
"We were selling potpourri for aromatherapy purposes only. I take it they were using it for other things than what it was made for," she said.
"Well, unfortunately, the incense is being used to smoke and certainly causing a lot of health problems and other issues," Officer Brian said.
Officer Brian said an undercover investigation at all of those five shops revealed employees selling that "potpourri" for consumption.
"[They were] Having conversations that just basically talk about that, yes," Officer Brian said.
And under that city ordinance, they were ticketed for deceptive trade practices.
"Deceptive sales practices where a product is labeled for one use, but then they're selling it for another use," Brian explained.
As far as closing its doors, the Wildflowers owner told us they were planning a renovation anyway.
Longview Police said they don't know why all five shops temporarily closed their doors, but the owner of Wildflowers Smoke Shop said that the renovation is to reopen the shop as a completely different type of store. This is the owner's only business and she tells us Wildflowers will reopen next week as a women and teen clothing and gift shop. She also said absolutely no similar potpourri products will be sold there ever again.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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