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DOJ sues gas station owner over alleged cannibinoids

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin authorities have filed a lawsuit against a gas station chain owner for allegedly selling synthetic cannibinoids.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection filed the lawsuit Wednesday against Farooq Shahzad, owner of 13 Capitol Petroleum stations in the Madison area. The agency wants an injunction barring sale of synthetic cannibinoids and between $50 and $200 for each illegal sale.

The lawsuit alleges the stations have been selling synthetic cannibinoids as incense and potpourri since 2013. According to the filing, a Wisconsin man this past April ingested synthetic cannabinoids he bought from one of the stations, fell into a delirium and hit two schoolchildren with his car, causing significant injuries.

Online court records didn’t list an attorney for Shahzad. A message left at Capitol Petroleum wasn’t immediately returned.

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