Fake pot stolen in real drug burglary at 4:20 a.m.
The Omar Little of legal incense products.
Moorhead Police Dept.
In the wee hours of last Thursday, a young guy with a hammer smashed through the front door of the Mellow Mood head shop in Moorhead and stole the shop's inventory of synthetic marijuana.
The deed was done, with impeccable timing, around 4:20 a.m.
"There's no question that those products were the target of the burglary," says Moorhead Police Lt. Tory Jacobson. "That's what was taken. Some of the products were dropped out in the parking lot."
Synthetic pot is banned just across the border in North Dakota, but the enforcement of the ban was recently suspended by a judge who said the state's Board of Pharmacy hadn't properly notified the public before enacting the ban. The rule was set to go back into effect the day after the burglary.
As we explained in our cover story this summer, K2 and other synthetic cannabinoid products have been taking off across Minnesota and the country in the last year, accounting for more than half of revenues for some head-shops.
The backlash is already in full swing, though. Legislators and state regulators are pledging to ban the substances in the coming year, and Duluth and Princeton have already enacted local bans.
Here are surveillance photos of the burglary:
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