Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton is asking town staff to look into a local store residents say is a head shop.
In a letter in today’s Chapel Hill News, resident Judi Chatowsky says she was looking forward to a new coffee shop in town until she visited it.
“My initial excitement about having a coffee shop and potential gathering place so close to home quickly turned to dismay when I walked through the 'boutique' portion of the Looking Glass Cafe and Boutique, and discovered that it's a head shop complete with bongs, hand pipes and incense,” she wrote. “And directly across from Carrboro Elementary School!”
Resident Tyler Huntington wrote the town similary concerned.
“I realize in a free market society the choice of citizens to support or not support a business will, in the end, dictate the success of failure of any business,” he wrote in a letter to the mayor, “but as the town leaders you and the Board are setting a bad precedent for the town by allowing this type of use so close to a elementary school. “
Chilton responded to Tyler saying the Looking Glass cafe and boutique was aproved by town staff as an administrative matter and did not come before the Board of Aldermen.
"I am not an expert on the state of the law, but basically I understand that smoking devices that are intended to be used for marijuana etc. are illegal, but that it is very difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt,” Chilton wrote. “In any case, I am asking the town staff to look into this matter, although I am unsure what exactly what our options are.”