Activists Protest 'Phony' Pot

October 5, 2011 Updated Oct 5, 2011 at 7:58 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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October 5, 2011 Updated Oct 5, 2011 at 7:58 PM EDT

(Buffalo, N.Y.) Synthetic marijuana and 'pot' candy are turning up in Buffalo stores and community activists are outraged.

Wednesday morning, members from the community group B.U.I.L.D. met with religious and business leaders.

They want to see the products pulled from store shelves.

The group is calling on the Buffalo Common Council to change the City's Deli-Licensing law - to make it illegal to sell the 'phony pot.'

"We jointly and mutually agree to condemn these items. We want it known that this is not acceptable in the City of Buffalo," says Charley Fisher III, President of B.U.I.L.D. of Buffalo.

The group plans to organize a deli-task force.

Volunteers will visit stores in the Buffalo area to see if 'pot candy' and synthetic marijuana are being sold.

Fred Merukeb, President of the Arab American Business Association, says the products have not been found in any of the stores that he represents, but his organization plans to remain vigilant.

"It is something that we would vehemently oppose and we will make sure that anyone who did that - we'll let them know that it is inappropriate," adds Merukeb