Last Place Owner: 'We'll Fight New Synthetic Drug Law'
Posted at: 07/10/2012 12:21 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
The Last Place on Earth, a well known, controversial business in Duluth, plans to fight a new federal law banning more chemicals found in synthetic drugs. Jim Carlson, the store owner, has told Eyewitness News he sells millions of dollars of incense, which is also known as synthetic marijuana, every year.
A bill containing language banning more chemicals was signed by President Obama Monday. That language, bans 2C-E chemicals, which caused the death of a Minnesota teen, and hospitalized several others. It was added by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota.
The language banning chemicals in synthetic drugs, was part of a larger Food and Drug Administration bill. Klobuchar told Eyewitness News the new law will more easily allow prosecutors to charge those selling and using the products.
In Minnesota, another law banning dozens of chemicals found in synthetic drugs, will take effect August 1. It was passed with bipartisan support in the 2012 legislative session.
However, Carlson said Tuesday, he will continue to sell the incense at his shop, and said his products will contain new legal chemicals to replace those which have been banned.