An example of "spice." (Minnesota Department of Human Services/Associated Press file)

Aurora businessman to pay $100,000 in ‘spice’ (synthetic marijuana) lawsuit

An Aurora business owner has agreed to pay a $100,000 settlement to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office in a lawsuit centering around the sale of synthetic cannabinoid, also known as “spice.”

The settlement with Rahmatollah Ghamari, owner of Paymon’s Market, was announced Tuesday.

Police in Aurora and the Colorado Department of Revenue conducted an undercover investigation into the market in July 2013 that led to the removal of more than 1,100 packages of spice from Ghamari’s store.


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Ghamari, who will pay the settlement in increments over the next four years, sold a variety of spice products, including ones called “Crazy Monkey,” “Mad Monkey,” “Sexy Monkey” and “iBlown.”

Analysis of the products revealed they contained illegal synthetic cannabinoids, the office said.

The lawsuit says Ghamari’s products had misleading labels that suggested the products were legal, representing a violation of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act.

Attorney General-elect Cynthia Coffman praised the settlement as part of continuing, successful efforts to curb spice sales in Colorado.

A Florida man pleaded guilty earlier this month in Denver’s federal court to charges related to the selling of synthetic pot across the metro area.

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