City Council Tables Ordinances on Synthetic Drugs

By KBJR News 1

May 28, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 11:04 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - On Tuesday, Duluth city councilors heard from the community about two proposed ordinances which would affect businesses that sell synthetic drugs.

The first ordinance prohibits people from consuming products labeled, not for human consumption.

The second ordinance requires that an establishment, selling synthetics, can only be open from 8am to 8pm and dramatically limits the location of operation for such shops.

The ordinance states that these shops have to be 500 feet from a school, daycare, park, residential or mixed use neighborhood.

The ordinance also forces establishments to have an annual license, and pay a$140 fee.

"The chamber board unanimously voted to stand in support of this initiative," said Duluth Chamber Director David Ross said.

"First off, as I've always said along with many government officials, that my product is legal, and by giving me a license to sell you are finally conceding that I have been correct all along," said Jim Carlson, owner of the Last Place on Earth.

Councilors sighted a need for these ordinances, saying the problem has become a public health issue.

The city will take up the ordinances again in a Committee of a Whole meeting in two weeks.

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