In a move unrelated to the raids in February, the Seneca Nation of Indians Council voted March 10 to ban the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana, bath salts and drug-use paraphernalia within its five territories including the city of Salamanca according to a Nation press release on March 12.
On February 23 the United States government raided businesses in Basom, Genesee County, confiscating fake pot and other paraphernalia. However, the Nation states its ban has been in the works for months and the territory that was raided is not part of the Seneca Nation.
“This is another good decision for the Seneca Nation and its neighbors, and is consistent with our long-standing aversion to drugs and drug-related instruments,” said Nation President Robert Odawi Porter in a press release. “These drug-related substances have no place around children and are not in the community’s best interests.”
The ban will cover Allegany, where the city of Salamanca sits; Cattaraugus, near Silver Creek, Irving and Gowanda; Buffalo Creek in downtown Buffalo; Seneca Niagara in Niagara Falls and Oil Spring near the village of Cuba.
The resolution that was pasted stated:
“No person or business licensed under Nation law or otherwise conducting business on Nation Territory shall sell or otherwise distribute any product marketed or branded as ‘herbal incense,’ ‘herbal smoking blends,’ ‘bath salts,’ ‘fake marijuana,’ ‘plant food,’ Blaze, Blizzard, Bloom, Blueberry Haze, Blue Silk, Bonsai Grow, Cloud Nine, Dank, Demon Passion Smoke, Hawaiian Hybrid, Ivory Wave, Kronic, K2, K3, Lovey Dovey, Lunar Wave, Magma, Ninja, Nitro, NRG-1, Ocean Snow, Ono Budz, Panama Red Ball, Puff, Purple Wave, Sativa Herbal Smoke, Red Dove, Scarface, Skunk, Snow Leopard, Spice, Star Dust, Ultra Chronic, Vanilla Sky, Voodoo Spice, White Lightening, Zohai or Zoom.”
In regards to drug paraphernalia, items included are pipes, water pipes, roach clips and the like. Ceremonial pipes used in healing and prayer, and traditional observances, or as art form are not included.