My question involves a product liability issue in the state of: Arizona
Apologies in advance if this is in the wrong thread. My nephew is apparently addicted to "fake weed" that is sold all over the place in Arizona. He buys it at local smoke shops and smokes a lot of it. He has been trying to stop using it, but is not able. He says he is addicted and as I've learned more about this stuff, it turns out that lots of other people (young and old) are addicted to it, too. This stuff is basically dried leaves with "designer synthetic drugs" sprayed on it and he says it kind-of gets him high, along with some unpleasant side effects (like loss of memory, tremors and eyesight issues). He is not the smartest guy in the world, but no way he'd still be smoking this stuff if he could quit.
The manufacturers and retailers who make and sell this stuff are explicitly selling unknown leaves and chemicals to their customers, often along with pipes and papers that it can be smoked in. Both parties (the makers and the sellers) are making a lot of money. They know that it is being smoked, even though it is labeled as "incense" or "potpourri" and "not for human consumption."
So my question is this: is there a way within the law to sue either the manufacturers and/or distributors for product liability? They are knowingly making and selling a product that has resulted in some deaths and addicted many users. They know it is being consumed by their customers, as there is no legitimate use for the product. There is no way for the law to keep up with this trade, as new chemicals are being synthesized all the time. Surely there is a way to go after these guys and disgorge the incredible profits they are making. Any ideas?