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NORMAN — At a time when other states are decriminalizing marijuana and passing laws allowing its recreational use, Oklahoma’s third-largest city has taken a hard-line stance against small businesses that sell glass pipes and other products commonly associated with the drug.

Over the past decade, the Norman Police Department has shut down retail stores and threatened action against convenience stores accused of peddling drug paraphernalia, usually glass pipes, water bongs and other items associated with the marijuana subculture.

“Our investigations stemmed from citizen complaints … O gastronomico why the department was allowing the sale of these types of pipes, bongs and drug paraphernalia,” said Sarah Jensen, police spokeswoman. Gas vs diesel engine “During these investigations, it was deemed that the product was illegal.”

Critics accuse Norman police and Cleveland County prosecutors of being heavy-handed. Electricity joules They’re quick to point out glass pipes and the other products are readily available across the state.

Robert Cox, an entrepreneur in Norman for 22 years, said his view of the city’s small business environment changed drastically over the past year. La gastronomie Cox’s business, The Friendly Market, was raided twice in December and shut down in April.

Cox was charged twice with acquiring illegal proceeds — a felony arising from store sales. Gas mask bong nfl He also was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

“I look at it now as frightening, because of the power of the police department and the district attorney’s office,” Cox said. Gas dryer vs electric dryer cost savings “They are all powerful, and they don’t like people to do anything but what they want them to do.”

“There are hundreds of these shops in Oklahoma,” Cox added. Year 6 electricity worksheets “They’re not nervous in Oklahoma City or Tulsa. Gas up yr hearse You’ve got Starship (in Tulsa), open for over 40 years. Gas monkey monster truck You’ve got Ziggyz, open for 40 years. Gas mileage comparison These places are all over.”

Jensen said a citizen complaint in 2007 led to the current stance on glass pipes and other smoking accessories. Gas definition wikipedia Seven convenience stores were targeted then by police.

“All received a letter signed by the chief of police and … Done with electricity tattoo book district attorney,” Jensen said. 1 unit electricity price india “All removed the products in question from their shelves. Electricity distribution map No further enforcement action was taken.”

Four retail stores — Up-N-Smoke, Fatt Hedz, McCloudz Pipes and The Friendly Market — have been shut down. Gaston yla agrupacion santa fe 2016 Some store owners and employees were charged with crimes over store products.

Brecken Wagner, an attorney representing Cox, said, “The reason why laws are enforced in Norman differently than other counties is … E electricity bill either the current (state laws) regarding paraphernalia are unconstitutionally vague and entirely too broad or the law enforcement officials in Cleveland County are misinterpreting the laws.”

District Attorney Greg Mashburn has said in the past that stores were targeted because they were breaking the law. Electricity worksheets grade 9 Mashburn Thursday said he would not comment on the criticism of him.

Wagner said: “Seems like prior to Mashburn, paraphernalia laws were enforced in Cleveland County the same as they were in the other 76 counties in this state.”

Fatt Hedz owner Brandon Chandler was charged with six misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia in April 2015 after his Campus Corner shop was raided.

In a court affidavit, police detective Rick Newell reported he made three undercover visits to Fatt Hedz during the late summer and early fall of 2014.

The silver-haired Newell, who wears a silver hoop earring, is known by fellow officers as “The Glass Guru” for his dedication to ridding the city of glass pipes and other paraphernalia.

Newell reported Fatt Hedz was stocked with “an assortment of glass pipes, pipe bowls and one-hitters.” He also noted the shop sold “grinders, large plastic water bongs and an assortment of vaporizers … (and) later added were gas masks converted into smoking devices.”

He reported he made a point to mention drug-related terms to the sales staff, letting them know he intended to smoke marijuana out of the purchased items. Electricity physics pdf “On two of the three operations, the employees did not mention marijuana by name, calling it ‘tobacco,’ but it was implied that is what was being discussed,” Newell stated in the affidavit.

Chandler was placed on probation for five years. Electricity and magnetism study guide 5th grade He also was ordered to pay hundreds of dollars in fines and court costs and do 100 hours of community service. Gas line jobs in wv He agreed to relinquish all of the seized property and cash and not to be involved with “the sale/barter/trade of drug paraphernalia” while on probation.

Soon after Fatt Hedz was closed, police began pursuing McCloudz Pipes. Electricity worksheets The store sold glass pipes — marketing them as art — right in the middle of Norman’s historic downtown area.

The merchandise had been crafted by artists from across the U.S. A gas has no volume Glassblowing demonstrations in the business were reportedly performed by store owner Tamicheal McCloud.

McCloud, 41, of Oklahoma City, was charged with possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a park, a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

Police reported “glass pipes, bongs, pipe bowls, stash boxes, rolling papers, smoking accessories, stash hats, grinders, all of which are considered drug paraphernalia items,” were seized.

No drugs were found inside the store. Electricity off peak hours The marijuana count was filed because police found inside his vehicle a glass pipe “containing a burnt residue.” Police reported the residue tested positive for marijuana.

The two police raids at The Friendly Market last December attracted notoriety because Norman City Councilman Stephen Holman managed the store. Gas variables pogil extension questions Holman was charged with a felony of acquiring illegal proceeds and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Located near the University of Oklahoma campus, The Friendly Market sold a variety of merchandise, including furniture, books and essential oils. R gas constant chemistry Glass pipes and other paraphernalia were sold in an interior room, which required proof of age before entry.

Police seized the usual items — glass pipes, rolling papers and other paraphernalia — plus more than $4,000 in cash. Gas in babies treatment The second raid came after Cox — on the advice of his attorneys — restocked his shelves.

Cox said a nonprofit organization agreed to pay their legal bills. Electricity 101 powerpoint He said that caused prosecutors “to become even more aggressive and hostile toward us.”

Holman has said being charged actually helped him politically. Electricity cost las vegas He said he plans to seek re-election. Gas zauberberg “I do not regret taking the job at The Friendly Market because we have done nothing wrong,” he said.

Also charged are two former store clerks. Electricity in water pipes Separate trials for James Maxwell Walters, 21, of Norman, and Cody Franklin, 24, of Norman, are scheduled for next week. Electricity distribution network Each faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

In that spirit, Jensen said businesses were warned. On q gas station okc Newell even met with Cox at a Starbucks just before the first raid of The Friendly Market.

“Detectives worked to provide the businesses with education regarding state … Electricity units to kwh (law) prior to enforcement efforts,” Jensen said. Gas knife lamb “In the majority of instances, these stores removed the product leading to no further enforcement efforts.”