Duluth's Latest Synthetic Drug Ordinances Set to Take Effect Thursday

By KBJR News 1

July 8, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - According to City Attorney Gunnar Johnson, the ordinances will do two things in particular.

One: they'll require any store, selling synthetics, to buy a license for 140 dollars, which comes with numerous regulations.

Two: they'll make a clear distinction between what's considered legal, and illegal, use of synthetics, meaning any human consumption will be considered illegal and punishable by law.

Third District Duluth City Councilor Sharla Gardener, who has put months into drafting the ordinances, says they'll help the city immediately without having to wait for the state and federal government to intervene.

"Those folks that are smoking in front of small children, and in front of anybody who passes by—talking about how legal it is—it isn't anymore. So we can expect to not see that," said Gardner Monday.

Councilor at Large Linda Krug, who co-sponsored the ordinances, says the ordinances' effects will be positive for the city as a whole.

"We're going to get our vibrant downtown back again, and we're going to get a safe and healthy community—not just downtown, but all over this entire city—back again. That's what I'm hoping for," said Krug.

Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson says he has yet to apply for the license to sell, claiming the city has only just finished drafting the application.

"When you've got a city licensing me to sell a product, everything I hear out there is that it's legal. I just don't understand how they can bother me so much," said Carlson, outside of City Hall Monday.

The ordinances are set to go into effect Thursday.

The State Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs will hold its first meeting Tuesday in Saint Paul.

- Posted to the web by Billy Wagness