The Sale of Synthetic Drugs is now a Felony

By KBJR News 1

August 1, 2012 Updated Aug 1, 2012 at 5:55 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northlands Newscenter)
-- As of Wednesday the sale of synthetic drugs is banned in Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton signed the legislation into law earlier this year in an attempt to crack down on head shops, like Duluth's Last Place on Earth that sell designer drugs.

According to Minnesota's newest state law, selling incense that contains chemicals within the governments newest, expanded list can send somebody to prison.

The board of pharmacy also has new power to add chemicals to the illegal list. Previously the legislature could only ban new chemicals when they were in session.

The law will classify synthetic drugs as a schedule one substance, which means in the eyes of the government, it has no medical purposes.

But Jim Carlson, the owner of last place on earth disagrees with that. He will continue selling his incense, saying the products provide relief for people dealing with illnesses.

"This product is helping a lot of people that have very serious terminal and non repairable diseases and I get people all the time hugging me telling me how this is helping somebody," said Carlson.

A new federal laws bans nine more chemicals on the federal level. Carlson says that law has him worried about continuing sales of synthetics and he'll work with his lawyer to determine if he needs to stop to avoid prison time before October 1st.

Zach Vavricka

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