Rally against bath salts held in Batavia Wednesday
Posted at: 07/18/2012 6:02 PM | Updated at: 07/18/2012 8:20 PM
A rally was held Wednesday outside a store in Batavia and it was all about bath salts.
Police confirmed to News10NBC that bath salts have been sold at The 420 Emporium. On Wednesday, people lined up in front of the store with signs.
One of those people was Brandi Smith. She says the store is where her brother buys bath salts. She says his life is ruined. He’s addicted and has morphed into a different person. Smith says she wants the store shut down.
Smith said, “I won't stop, if I have to come out here once a week, I will come out here once a week, if I have to travel to other locations, I will travel to other locations. I am not stopping this fight until I feel justice is served for our community, and for all of the good people out there whose lives have been ruined. People like this that sell these things, they have no morals, they have no concern of care for any human being because every time they make that sale to the user they're taking away a piece of their life and these people know what they're doing, they know what these products are used for.”
Last Tuesday, Smith and her mother went to The 420 Emporium to plead with the owner to stop selling the bath salts. The clerk told them to leave. They called the cops and Smith’s mother was ticketed for trespassing.
Police told News10NBC last week it is hard to shut places like this down and regulate these sales, but they are getting closer to a better system. The New York State Attorney General’s Office is fighting against synthetic drugs, as well as, working to shut places that sell them down.