News

Committee hearing on synthetic drugs

Committee hearing on synthetic drugs Click to Enlarge Photo:

Jul 9, 2013 at 4:43 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) 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. The chairman is Rep. Erik Simonson, a Duluth Democrat.

Duluth has been the center of the synthetic drug debate in Minnesota because the owner of a head shop there is selling the products despite complaints from city officials, residents and businesses.

Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson also faces federal criminal charges, but says the products he sells are legal.

Emergency room doctors have said they've seen a rise in patients with side effects from synthetic drugs. In 2011, a 19-year-old died after ingesting a synthetic drug at a Blaine party.

Mike Tanner

Posted By Mike Tanner

News Director

Mike Tanner's Profile

Leave a Comment

Current Weather

For Central Minnesota

Temp: 82°F (28°C)

Dewpoint: 50

Wind: 9 W

Weather: Clear

Full Forecast | Live Radar

Community Calendar