Free drugs for kids

A friend of mine who is a teacher at a local high school asked me to post the following story. My friend requested that I share this without any identifying information so as not to compromise student trust and confidentiality.

One of my students (a 16 year old) is on the email list for Expressions, the shop on Franklin Street. Over Labor Day Weekend, he received an email stating that if he came in to the store and said the words "purple bud" he would get a good sized free sample of some brand of Spice -- synthetic weed.  He did. This particular brand of synthetic weed is "legal" only because the laws regulating most synthetic weed as a class one scheduled narcotic haven't quite caught up to the chemicals that are sprayed on the plants.  Apparently, North Carolina has recently joined an initiative with 28 other states banning these forms of synthetic marijuana.

Can we really live in a community where a business gives away free drugs to teenagers, drugs intended to be smoked to make you high, simply because they say a password?  Is this a business that really deserves a place here? 

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