Fresh calls to close up ‘head shop’
CONCERN COUNCILLOR WANTS MORE REGULATION
FRESH CALLS have been made for the closure of the so-called ‘head shop,’ located on the Main Street after a successful local campaign to shut Balbriggan’s ‘Rasta Power,’ which closed its doors last week.
The town’s first head shop opened for just a few weeks until pressure from Balbriggan Town Council, Balbriggan Aware Drugs Group (BAD) and Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce forced its closure.
‘It’s a good example of what can be achieved if the community works together,’ said a BAD spokesperson.
‘Nirvana,’ a similar shop, sparked outrage in Bray when it opened in the Arcade last year, and further anger when the premises moved on to the Main Street. The shop, selling ‘legal highs,’ such as the soon-to-be-outlawed party pill BZP, is in breach of planning laws.
Officials of Bray Town Council have informed the occupiers that they should have applied for a change of use. They responded that they will enter an application, while Bray Town Council is set to monitor the shop.
Cllr. Caroline Burrell said that new legislation may be necessary to properly regulate such ‘head shops,’ as all the products and paraphernalia such as pipes they currently sell are legal.
She said that the shops do, however, pose a serious health risk ‘to young people in particular.’
The head shop currently located in what was the Mitchell Quinn shop in Bray has two large marijuana-like leaves painted on to the shop front. Products on sale include a herbal alternative to cannabis, scales, bongs, pills and books on cultivating marijuana plants.
Cllr. Burrell said that younger people in particular will naturally be curious about the products being sold and will undoubtedly experiment with them.