Last Place Owner Reacts to Synthetic Drug Ordinances

By KBJR News 1

June 11, 2013 Updated Jun 11, 2013 at 9:24 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Following Monday night's near unanimous City Council vote to regulate the sale and use of synthetic drugs in Duluth, the man at the center of the controversy is speaking out.

Jim Carlson says Monday's vote only confirms what he's been saying all along, that his product is legal, and he says there's a good chance he is going to fight the city over the new ordinances.

Carlson says he and his attorney are talking about the grounds on which he might dispute the city's new directives.

Carlson doesn't think the ordinances are all bad, however he's said all along that the sale of synthetics should be regulated, just not in the way that the city is suggesting.

The first ordinance, passed Monday night, prohibits the consumption of products labeled "not for human consumption."

The second ordinance targets headshops, prohibiting them from being located within 500 feet of a park, school, or day care facility.

But because they can't make the ordinance retro–active, The Last Place on Earth is grandfathered in.

The sale ordinance could have an impact on the Last Place, however it requires that all synthetic drugs be clearly labeled with information about the ingredients and the manufacturer.

Carlson says that part of the ordinance is unfair as he can't make wholesalers repackage their products.

"I don't mind them regulating the industry as a whole, it should be regulated, but I don't think I should be the only one because when I get stuff from other places, wholesalers, nobody has to label it in a manner that they're saying, it's an inconvenience to me," said Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson.

Another inconvenience Carlson says is the hours set by the ordinance which limits his operation between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Under the ordinance it also forbids the sale of synthetic products to anyone younger than 21.

Carlson currently sells the product to people 18 and over.

Carlson has until the second week of July when the new ordinances take effect to apply for a synthetic sellers license.

However he is in talks with his lawyer, Randal Tigue, discussing whether it's legal for the city to mandate labeling on national and international products.

Posted to the web by Jeremy Brickley
jbrickley@kbjr.com

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