The owner of a convenience store in Colorado Springs, accused of selling synthetic marijuana, also known as spice, is now being sued by the state for selling the products and falsely packaging them as incense and potpourri.
The state attorney general's office said it filed the lawsuit Monday against the owner of PoPo Wee Mart, 56-year-old Jin Ju Kim and her husband, 56-year-old Wanhee Lee. That store is located in the 1800 block of South Academy Boulevard.
On December 18, 2013, an investigation by the Colorado Springs Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division led to the removal of 1,505 packages of spice and 156 unlabeled, clear plastic bags containing suspected cannabinoids, the attorney general's office said.
But Kim continued to sell spice into this year, the attorney general's office said. Police executed another search warrant in February and removed more spice products.
The Attorney General's Office is seeking the maximum civil penalty of up to $2,000 per violation. The Attorney General contends that offering for sale each of the spice packages is a separate violation.