Fresh calls to close up ‘head shop’


Bray People - - About Greystones - Mary FOG­A­RTY

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.

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