Minnesota state legislators are struggling with how to craft new laws that would effectively combat the growing use of synthetic drugs. Several state House committees met Wednesday to strategize how to address problem that medical and law enforcement officials say is rapidly getting worse.
To federal prosecutors and Duluth leaders, Jim Carlson is nothing more than a drug pusher. There’s no dispute that Carlson’s head shop, the Last Place on Earth, openly sold a lot of synthetic marijuana before authorities finally shut it down in July.
A woman charged in a synthetic drug conspiracy that authorities have blamed in the overdose deaths of two teens in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota has been sentenced to three years of probation.
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.