Proposed Ordinances Aims to Regulate Synthetic Drug Sales

By KBJR News 1

May 23, 2013 Updated May 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Duluth City Councilors are considering two proposals designed to reduce the growing problems associated with the sale and use of synthetic drugs.

If passed the first ordinance would force establishments selling the drugs to apply for a yearly license and pay a fee of $140.

The ordnance also states that the establishment must be closed between the hours of 8 pm and 8 am and be 500 feet from any school, daycare, park, residential or mixed use neighborhood.

The second proposal would require establishments too list the chemical compounds used to make the synthetic drugs.

This ordinance prohibits the consumption of products labeled "not for human consumption."

Councilors sighted a need for these ordinances indicating that synthetics are often seen as a safe and legal alternative.

However, they say, these drugs have side effects that endanger the public health of the community.

The two proposed ordinances were introduced by City Councilors Sharla Gardner and Linda Krug.

Councilor Gardner says, her goal is to regulate this businesses, because the legality of these drugs are based on a technicality.

"It makes a lot of sense and it's going to give a lot more tools to the police department and the city of Duluth to stop this activity," added City Councilor Jay Fosle.

Councilor Jim Stauber suggested a committee be established to answer more specific questions about the ordinances.

The city council will have a first reading on the ordinances at their next meeting on Tuesday, May 28.

The second reading will take place in June, at which time a vote is expected.

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