By Steve Murphy, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

DULUTH, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — The owner of a Duluth head shop says a new federal ban on five chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana won’t make much difference — he’ll just stock brands that use other, still-legal substances.

Fake pot contains organic leaves coated with chemicals that provide a marijuana-like high when smoked. They’re sold under various brands including Spice, K2, Blaze and Red X Dawn.

Jim Carlson, owner of the Last Place on Earth, tells the Duluth News Tribune that with over 200 similar chemicals available, the manufacturers will try to keep one step ahead of the government.

A Drug Enforcement Agency spokeswoman confirms many suppliers are offering retailers products with new chemicals.

The Last Place on Earth is one of four Minnesota head shops suing to block the ban. A Twin Cities attorney is also fighting the ban.

Marc Kurzman represents four Minnesota shops that sell the product. The federal ban was triggered by complaints of bad reactions, which is a claim Kurzman disputes.

“It’s been put forth by the DEA that this mimics marijuana or cannabis and that is absolutely false,” he said.

Kurzman said his clients are losing a lot of money.

“Across the nation it’s more than $100 million a year in commerce,” he said.

Kurzman is seeking a federal court injunction.

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NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

Comments (14)
  1. Crunk O'holic says:

    Stick it to da man!!!

  2. The other Dave says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of work just to get high – what is the real payoff here?? I hear statements like: “I’m my own person” or “I’m a non-conformist who will not bend to the will of others” Well, considering there are approximately 30 million active addicts and only about 2.5 to 3 million who choose sobriety, who is the true non-conformist, who is being real and not bending to the will of others (others as in other drugs).

    1. Ignorance must be bliss says:

      No idea what you are talking about with the quotes that you have there. Speaking as someone who has never used any of these products I think the problem here is that this is just another in a long list of things that will just end up costing more money and not fix anything. Look back and you will find hundreds of laws made like this that ban 1 thing just to be replaced tomorrow by another that in some cases are even worse than what they replaced. Junk law if you ask me as all it does is get a politian’s name in the paper, cost a bunch of money and time, and then is worthless in the end. Read the story, they are already replacing the additive that is being banned and then someone will want to ban that too, and then the next, and the next. So all those people that say “stop spending” this would be a good way to start.
      Just a side note but if you do not like something do not use it. There is no reason to make everything illegal just because you do not like it.

      1. Ed says:

        Well said, it’s gonna be another money pit but people are going to build careers off fighting to save the children from this so it’s all worth it no matter what the cost.

      2. LoveItOrLeaveIt says:

        Whenever chemicals of any kind are ingested, inhaled or absorbed, they have the potential of doing harm to the body. if people what to purposefully ingest/inhle or absorb these chemicals, then they should be willing to sign off on their rights to any government help if they need medical, food, shelter, clothing and the like after using these products. Our hospitals deal with issues of people using street chemicals everyday, and it costs ALL of us money to keep them alive, fed and sheltered whenever one of these street chemicals burns out their brains or parts of their body.

  3. todd says:

    you greedy sell fake pot.

  4. Mike Hawk says:

    Just legalize the real weed & we wouldn’t have this problem.

  5. Andrew says:

    Smoking a bunch of leaves coated in chemicals…

    Why is ‘fake pot’ facing all these bans and attempts to be made illegal, but cigarettes are completely okay?

    One word: money

  6. Ed says:

    It’s all about careers and money folks.
    The shop near me already changed the product line so the law is already useless.
    Minnesota would rather send the $$$s to Mexico then cry about the deficit.

  7. Iconoclast says:

    I’ve read that this fake pot stuff is not all that safe. Alcohol and Tobacco are physically addictive as well as deadly. Is there an alternative that’s not physically addictive, not deadly, pleasurable, calming and mind opening? Something that is natural, unprocessed and easy to grow maybe? Hmmmmmmmm…..What could that be? I bet nobody would have a problem with something like that especially the small government conservative types. LEGALIZE IT!

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  9. pe says:

    legalize it and we will fuel the world with discarded stems

  10. Aubree says:

    I know they are trying to close any loopholes that current k2 incense manufacturers are trying to get around but my friends still buy k2 incense from places that still claim to offer legal everywhere k2 herb blends like As long as marijuana is prohibited there is going to be a niche for marijuana alternatives.

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