ALBANY, N.Y. - Lark Street's popular head-shop, 'Shining Star,' has been ordered to permanently remove all mislabeled or unlabeled products in the store, including synthetic drugs and street drug alternatives.
In addition to the removal of synthetic drug products, 'Shining Star' owner Dan Heins has been ordered to pay a total of $14,000 dollars in penalties and costs, for violating labeling laws.
As part of an undercover investigation, agents went into 'Shining Star' on Lark Street in Albany, and purchased substances called "Glide 150," "Lucky Kratom," "Salvia" and "Maeng Da Liquid Kratom," all of which are sold for their psychological side-effects, and some of which were variously labeled "NOT MEANT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION," or "Rx Strength."
Mr. Heins, acting as store-clerk, discussed the drugs' effects for each product at length, and then recommended different types of pipes and vaporizers to use in order to achieve the best effect from the substances.
In addition, the agent purchased a box of "NITRO whip," nitrous oxide paired with a "cracker" and a "balloon," paraphernalia used specifically to break the seal on containers of nitrous oxide, allowing it to be inhaled in a controlled fashion.
Commonly known as "Whip-Its," nitrous oxide has been linked to several deaths by asphyxiation and other adverse health effects.
The gas is typically used by youths who see it as an easy "high."
Under New York State's Labeling Law, the packaging of consumer commodities must, at a minimum, identify the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer or distributor, the common product name, the net quantity of contents, the net quantity of servings and appropriate directions and warnings for customary use.