Last Place Plans to Fight Synthetic Drug Law

By KBJR News 1

May 1, 2012 Updated May 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -Owner of the Last Place on Earth Jim Carlson says he and his attorney are still in talks about what the future holds for the Duluth head shop.

Carlson says he wasn't surprised when Governor Dayton signed the bill in to law last week.

He said these types of laws targeting synthetic drugs are happening all over the country.

With this new law against synthetic drugs, pharmaceutical companies will be able to categorize which chemicals, or variations thereof, would be considered a synthetic drug.

Carlson says this should concern many people, saying some of these chemicals could have medicinal uses and banning them would mean they could not be used to help patients or for research.

Carlson also says that as more chemicals are banned the actual makeup of the product becomes more uncertain.

"The thing that worries me is the more the government bans the main stream ones that they are using the more molecules they begin swaying away from in the original product and the less you know what people are buying and getting," said Carlson

Carlson says currently the companies that make some of the products simply change the make up of some of the chemicals to make it compliant of the current and ever-changing laws.

Carlson says that so far he hasn't seen an up-tick in sales following the passage of the law.

Carlson says if that does happen, he would expect it around a week or two before the law goes into effect on the first of August.