BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Smoke Shop in Malden is shut down. Police said the business was trying to go around the law and act like a pot shop.

On Thursday night, Malden police showed off the marijuana products they confiscated from the local vape store, a business not licensed to sell the drug.

Shawn Mignault was not surprised to hear about the bust. “It’s a business, and they are selling it everywhere else but here,” said Shawn Mignault of Everett.

The city is in the process of taking applications for recreational marijuana shops.

“There’s oversight, there’s rules and regulations, there’s check and balances, the people know exactly what they are getting when they purchase, in these type of shops people don’t know what they are getting,” said Malden Police Capt. Marc Gatcomb.

Marijuana joint and THC oil seized from Boston Smoke Shop in Malden (WBZ-TV)

Officers said Boston Smoke Shop tried to be sneaky, but it’s still illegal.

“You would pay $18 for this black plastic tube and because they were so generous they would provide the customer with a pre-rolled marijuana blunt,” said Malden Police Sgt. Michael Powell.

Customers could also buy a cheap battery for $38 with “free” THC oil.

Police received a tip and quickly moved in, making two undercover buys.

“We don’t know it it’s laced with anything,” said Powell.

THC oil seized from Boston Smoke Shop in Malden (WBZ-TV)

They said busting the shop is about keeping customers safe and making sure businesses who want to sell recreational marijuana do so legally.

The two shop employees who sold the pot to officers are not facing charges. Police consider them pawns of a potentially larger problem.

“Understand the law and don’t try to circumvent it, there’s a right way to do things, there’s a wrong way to do things. The wrong way equals is distribution,” said Powell.

The owner will have to go before the city to re-open the store. Police have not yet filed charges because they are still investigating. They say the owner does own other vape stores.

Statement from Boston Smoke Shop:

Nearly a year ago, Boston Smoke Shop raised concerns with a local public health official about the widespread practice of gifting marijuana and THC products in 21+ smoke/vape shops throughout Greater Boston. We were told the issue would be raised with appropriate authorities, and that we would receive advice on how to proceed. That clarification never came and the practice only grew more prevalent: not only in adults-only stores like ours, but convenience stores and other retail operations.

If regulators and government officials are now ready to clarify whether the state’s gifting provision applies to retail stores, Boston Smoke Shop welcomes the opportunity, as we did one year ago, to help provide that clarity for the hundreds of affected businesses across the state.

Comments (4)
  1. Jordan Lewis Ring says:

    MA has opened the gates to hell……..the stoned cap of the usa!

    1. Jack Jaxson says:

      You know, this kind of comment is not going to help if your objective is to prevent cannabis abuse. Many of our children are ignoring actual, rational and reasoned warnings about cannabis misuse and abuse because they will assume it is just more of this type of unfounded fear tactic that doesn’t acknowledge the full truth of what cannabis is.

      “Cannabis? Oh no, that will unleash the gates of hell on us!” The kids are looking around and seeing that that is not happening. Why would they believe you when you say that consuming 6 joints a day is probably excessive and more harmful to one’s health than beneficial?

      Let’s be open and honest about what we are really talking about and share facts rather than sow fear. If we can do that I think we can create an environment where adults can continue to consume a safe and legal product while minimizing any potential harms through honest education.

    2. Steven Drury says:

      Mr RING ,, the gates of hell was and is ” prohibition ” however problem still remains that cannabis being sold black market wise Takes a long travel though states even the boarder and comes in to USA @ yet 1/2 cost and sold as cheep as 200 .00 OZ which beats the legal prices in legal shops and quality is just as and better at times . the cost of state licensing per year and other taxes is outrageous . Those taxes almost likening to the prohibitionist view by regulation of the past stamp act The gates of hell MR RING are wrong people are running the show this is why we are still experiencing no change in black market sales Cannabis will be here forever as it should be , Industrial hemp soon will be in Massachusetts fields made legal; by federal law , billions will be made , Making products , such as composites made of cannabis for homes , paper , oil, furniture , insulation , replacement or many wood products ,