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Shop owners hit Kingsport with lawsuit over drug ban

December 21st, 2011 6:37 am by Matthew Lane

Shop owners hit Kingsport with lawsuit over drug ban

KINGSPORT — It looks like Mayor Dennis Phillips got his wish, as two local smoke shop owners have filed a complaint against the city of Kingsport seeking to have its recent ban on synthetic drugs be declared unconstitutional.

Ultimate Smoke — located on East Center Street — and White Cloud Emporium — located on Bloomingdale Road — filed a complaint in Sullivan County Chancery Court on Monday naming the city of Kingsport as the defendant. Johnson City attorney Brandon Sizemore is representing the businesses’ respective owners, Jason Catoe and Todd Cartwright.

White Cloud Emporium is located in Sullivan County, but 70 percent of its customers are from Kingsport, which is why Cartwright said he signed on to the lawsuit.

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