Synthetics legislation passes first test at the capitol

By KBJR News 1

March 5, 2014 Updated Mar 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A proposal to beef up Minnesota's synthetic drugs laws passed its first test at the capitol Wednesday.

The measure created by a task forced led by Representative Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) calls for the expansion of the definition of 'drug' to cover the dangerous substance.

It also relies heavily on the Board of Pharmacy to issue cease and desist orders to businesses that sell Synthetic drugs.

Representative Simonson told the Public Safety Finance and Policy House Committee that while the Last Place on Earth in Duluth is now closed, the effort to combat synthetics is just beginning.

"The problem exists everywhere. it may not be as viable as it was in Duluth. If you think about it most people doing something illegal don't want to be visable. So we had a unique situation. It is very prevalent in Minnesota, especially among student populations, high school, college as well as young adults," Rep. Simonson told the committee.

The House Committee approved the measure following several questions from lawmakers.

It now heads to the House Judiciary Committee.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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