Synthetics Bill Unlikely to Advance in 2013

By KBJR News 1

Synthetics Bill Unlikely to Advance in 2013

March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 4:09 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCOW.com)-- A bill attempting to curb synthetic marijuana sales in Minnesota will not likely become law this legislative session.

Representative Erik Simonson, DFL Duluth, introduced a bill that would classify any substance that a reasonable person would believe is being purchased or sold as a synthetic drug.

But, according the Simonson, despite the bill having its first reading, time has run out for a hearing in 2013.

"It's had it's first reading," said Simonson in St. Paul. "We will try to keep it alive for next year but I think it's a good bill. It's garnering some support so we're hopeful at the very least we'll get it going next year."

The bill is similar to those in other states where synthetic marijuana legislation was apparently successful.