Outer Limits Smoke Shop & Gift in Oceanside is facing a civil law enforcement action from the San Diego DA’s office.
DA Bonnie Dumanis filed the civil action to stop the sale of synthetic marijuana, commonly called “spice.”
Spice is a dangerous drug which contains chemicals banned by the state of California. Selling certain synthetic compounds has been illegal in California since 2012.
The judge issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the sale of spice, and ordered Outer Limits to show why the court should not ban the illegal substance.
A series of undercover operations by the DEA and the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service previously revealed Outer Limits and other smoke shops in San Diego County were selling the drug.
The DA ordered the shop to stop selling spice, but a subsequent undercover operation by Oceanside Police found Outer Limits was still retailing the drug.
Spice typically consists of dried plant material which is sprayed with synthetic chemical compounds. There is also a liquid form.
Synthetic marijuana use has been associated with life-threatening injuries and some people have been hospitalized. Side effects include rapid heart rate, severe nausea, agitation, confusion, and hallucinations.
NBC7 reached out to Outer Limits for comment, but calls were not immediately returned.
The hearing is set for October 6.