Shops Challenge Designer Drug Law

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some record stores and retailers in Minnesota are suing to prevent a law on “designer drugs” from taking effect on Friday.

The law makes it illegal for people to use synthetic drugs that are similar in their chemical structure to illegal substances. But plaintiff’s attorney Marc Kurzman said the law is so broad it would ban such things as legal hemp products.

“For example, hemp clothing, bird seeds, hemp oils for cooking are all made illegal by the statute,” Kurzman said.

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He said the suit also questions claims that such products are harmful.

“It’s definitely a lack of proof about the health claims from a scientific perspective,” Kurzman said.

But sponsors of the law point to a mass overdose in Blaine earlier this year that killed a 19-year-old.

A Hennepin District judge will hold a hearing Wednesday morning on a request for a temporary restraining order.

  • John

    Smoking Hemp will give you a headache. It will not kill you. George Washington grew it and made rope, sails, clothing, cooking oil, etc. Now that other stuff is harmful.

    • Les Johnson

      More pointless, feel-good legislation. Way to go the extra mile for Minnesotans you dolts.

      What did you run for office for if this is what you think is important?

      • Agreed

        Well the original war on drugs has been so effective….why not broaden the scope and go after a few more? This is obviously a well thought-out, pragmatic approach to our societies chemical use issues. personally dont see how it can fail **eye roll**

        • Les Johnson

          Great sarcasm, and I agree wholeheartedly.

  • Ben Franklin

    Virgina made it a law in the colony that every resident had to grow Hemp.

  • Les Johnson

    I don’t get why, if someone wants to smoke this garbage, people who DON’T want to smoke it try to stop them.

    What’s it to you?

    At some point, maybe the government should just have an agent waiting at all hospitals for babies to be born, and then he can assign a wet-nurse-life-coach to monitor and restrict all of that person’s activities for life.

    Remember, in the U.S., if you can catch a buzz from something, someone else will tell you it should be illegal for you to do it and you should be in prison if you do.

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