Governor Dayton Signs Bill in Symbolic Move in the Fight Against Synthetics

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Governor Dayton Signs Bill in Symbolic Move in the Fight Against Synthetics

July 26, 2012 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- One day after local and federal authorities raided the Last Place on Earth in Duluth for synthetic drugs, Governor Mark Dayton signs a mock bill that will expand the definition of illicit synthetic substances.

The controlled substance bill was signed into law back in April and will take effect on August 1st. The bill enhances current laws regarding the production and use of synthetic drugs in Minnesota.

This bill will also allow the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy to expedite rule making authority in order to handle the ever changing chemical make up of synthetic drugs.

The law increases the penalty for sale of synthetic cannabinoids from a gross misdemeanor to a felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, a $10,000 fine, or both.

Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay and Representative Kerry Gauthier among other state leaders and experts all joined Governor Dayton today for the bill signing ceremony.

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