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Synthetic Drug Crackdown Bill Passes Minn. Senate

Updated: 04/29/2014 10:45 PM
Created: 04/29/2014 10:43 PM WDIO.com

A bill designed to crack down on the sale of synthetic drugs passed the Minnesota Senate on Tuesday. 

The Senate version was authored by Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) as a response to the legal issues the city of Duluth had with the downtown head shop The Last Place on Earth. Rep. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) authored a House version that passed earlier this month. 

"Both Rep. Simonson and I are intimately familiar with the synthetic drug problem in Duluth and greater Minnesota," Sen. Reinert said in a statement. "We wanted to come up with a stronger solution that gives the Board of Pharmacy the authority to issue 'cease and desist' orders to businesses or people violating the law.  I look forward to Minnesotans being safer because of this legislation, and give Rep. Simonson a lot of credit for his significant work on this issue."

Portions of the bill were crafted by the Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs, which is headed by Rep. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth). 

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