Citation Issued, Last Place on Earth Closed Until Court Hearing

By KBJR News 1

July 19, 2013 Updated Jul 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A judge requested a temporary restraining order against the Last Place on Earth late Friday, forcing the shop's owner to close the store until a court hearing on Tuesday.

The move comes just one day after Jim Carlson announced, on live TV, that he would continue selling synthetic without the license, now required by the city.

Thursday, the Federal Court ruled in favor of the Duluth's recently approved synthetic drug ordinances, which require any business selling synthetics to have a license.

It also puts penalties in place for those caught ingesting synthetic drugs marked not for human consumption.

Within an hour of the ruling, Jim Carlson put synthetics back on the shelves of his store without first obtaining a license.

He announced that he had resumed selling without a license during a live interview on KBJR 6 & Range 11 News at 6, and again during the KDLH 3 News at 6:30.

"There's nothing in the ordinances about any fine at all and what the amount is how often they could do it or anything else, so we're just going to wait and see and I'm sure they'll be giving us a ticket and we'll go from there, but we are selling," said Carlson, standing outside of his store Thursday.

On Friday morning Duluth police served Last Place employee Joey Gellerman with a citation, which could cost the head shop up to $1,000.

Shortly thereafter, all synthetic drugs were again pulled from the store shelves.

The U.S. Attorney's office cited KBJR/KDLH live interview, and the sale of two packets of synthetic drugs to an undercover officer Thursday night, as reasons for the warrant.

Mayor Don Ness also announced Friday that Sixth District Court has granted Duluth a Temporary Restraining Order that will force Last Place closed until a hearing on Tuesday, effective immediately.

Phone calls to Carlson were not returned by news time.

- Posted to the web by Billy Wagness