The Free Press, Mankato, MN

July 16, 2013

Judge: Synthetic drug ordinance can be enforced

The Mankato Free Press

---- — DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A federal magistrate judge won't stop the city of Duluth from enforcing a new ordinance regulating the sale of synthetic drugs.

A store owner who was selling synthetic drugs filed for a preliminary injunction to block enforcement. Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson argued the ordinance is unconstitutional because it requires an individual applying for a license to sell synthetic drugs to provide self-incriminating information.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois says Carlson has not met his burden of demonstrating a threat of immediate irreparable harm.

The Duluth News Tribune ( ) says Carlson has stopped selling synthetics at his store. He's facing federal charges for allegedly selling misbranded synthetic drugs and chemicals similar to controlled substances.


Information from: Duluth News Tribune,