Duluth, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - There could soon be harsher penalties for those who sell synthetic drugs.
A group of Minnesota law makers is pushing hard to increase penalties to the felony level.
They would like to see a five year prison sentence for those convicted.
Presently the infraction is considered a gross misdemeanor.
Two bills were heard last night in the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee, one that would reclassify synthetic marijuana as a Schedule One substance...which would automatically increase the penalty for sales.
The second Bill would attempt to stay ahead of the production of new drugs and chemicals that are being constantly modified.
The plan would be to regularly update the statutory controlled substance schedules maintained by the Board of Pharmacy.
Owner of Last Place On Earth, Jim Carlson says he plans on fighting the bills if they are passed.
"I don't think it's going to change a whole lot. Our attorneys are going to challenge the law, so we are going to fight it. Other stores are getting together and fighting it. There's a lot of stores all over the county that are selling this product and not having a problem with anyone," Carlson says.
Both bills passed unanimously and will now move on for a vote by the full Senate.
Written for the web by Danyel Piecek.