Two New Synthetic Drug Ordinances Will Take Effect in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

July 8, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2013 at 6:22 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Two new synthetic drug ordinances are set to take effect in Duluth Thursday, reshaping the way the business, and repercussions of, synthetic drugs are handled in the city.

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, 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.

"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 Duluth City Councilor at Large, Linda Krug.

"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 Last Place on Earth owner, Jim Carlson.

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.

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

Representative Erik Simonson of Duluth will chair the committee.

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