Minnesota lawmakers are considering tough new laws to fight what they call the growing epidemic of dangerous “designer drugs.”
A legislative committee formed in response to synthetic drug use in Minnesota is holding its first hearing. The Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs is meeting Tuesday morning to talk about the impact of synthetic drugs.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and a committee of state lawmakers will be talking about synthetic drugs in Duluth. Swanson and the newly formed Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs will hold a public hearing Friday to discuss public policy relating to synthetics.
Minnesota lawmakers are heading to Duluth in their search for answers to the problems caused by synthetic drugs. Members of a special committee appointed by House Speaker Paul Thissen have been asked to come up with legislative recommendations.
The owner of a Duluth head shop and three workers have pleaded not guilty to federal charges of selling synthetic drugs that authorities say were misbranded and marketed as incense, potpourri or bath salts.
A lawsuit filed on Friday by the city of Duluth accuses a store of fostering violence outside its doors on East Superior Street.
The case against a North Dakota man accused of manufacturing synthetic drugs that led to a pair of overdose deaths has moved to federal court.
Minnesota legislators and law enforcement officials were on hand Thursday for Gov. Mark Dayton’s “mock” bill-signing of a measure to crack down on synthetic drugs in Minnesota.
President Barack Obama has signed legislation outlawing synthetic drugs, including a substance that led to the death of a Minnesota teen last year.
A Minnesota man faces a murder charge in what authorities say is a bad batch of synthetic drugs circulating in the northern Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota.
The victim is identified as Elijah Stai, of Park Rapids, Minn. Police say it appears Stai overdosed on synthetic hallucinogens. He died in a Grand Forks hospital last weekend.
Legislation to ban some synthetic drugs has passed the U.S. Senate as part of a broader bill covering several pharmaceutical and medical issues.
Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo sees the growing dangers of synthetic drugs first hand. His office is among the first in the state to prosecute homicide charges relating to these so called bath salts.
A law that was put into effect in Minnesota this summer was supposed to stop the sale of synthetic drugs. However, test results from the state’s largest lab show it’s not that simple.
Jim Carlson is not the only person who sells synthetic drugs in Minnesota.
It is a dangerous high, relatively new to the drug scene that can be deadly. Synthetic drugs have already cost at least two Minnesotans their lives.
Police have raided a Duluth head shop that has openly sold synthetic marijuana, “bath salts” and other designer drugs, and a clerk says officers have arrested the son of the owner.
They’ve been marketed for years as safe and legal alternatives to controlled drugs, substances like marijuana and cocaine, but synthetic substitutes sold online have claimed another Minnesota life.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is hosting a roundtable discussion on synthetic drugs with U.S. Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske.
Synthetic substances that mimic marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs are making users across the nation seriously ill, causing seizures and hallucinations and even killing some people.
One person is dead and 10 more are hospitalized, including two in critical condition after a mass overdose, according to police.