Residents of North Park are planning a protest to express their frustration with a growing number of smoke shops selling drug paraphernalia, according to the North Park Community Association.

The protest is especially interesting given the efforts North Park has been making to clean up its act recently.

Here’s a blurb from the press release:

Locations selling drug paraphernalia used for methamphetamine and crack cocaine have been increasing at alarming rates. Illegal items frequently seen in North Park stores include meth/crack pipes, scales, secret containers, baggies and kits for altering drug tests. These stores are very close to homes, schools, youth programs and churches; and within a radius of high levels of narcotic, assault, theft and other crime activity. Safety and revitalization are impacted.

The group has invited District 3 Councilwoman Toni Atkins to the protest. It will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


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