STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Lawmakers begin effort to stem synthetic drugs in state
By Don Davis
Trying to control dangerous synthetic drugs is a lot like playing the old carnival game whack-a-mole.
In the game, every time a player uses a mallet to whack a mole sticking its head out... Posted on 7/9/13 at 4:59 PM
STAFF BLOG NIE ROCKS! What are the synthetic drugs in our area?
There has been a lot of talk about synthetic drug use in our area recently. Two teen-aged males died apparently from overdosing on synthetic drugs in the month of June. These were two separate cases.
... Posted on 6/28/12 at 2:24 PM
The owner of a synthetic drugs store that has bedeviled downtown Duluth says he could be back in business in a new location as early as next week. Jim Carlson said he has been in contact with several building owners since he hung a sign in his shop window over the weekend.
Allyson Desantos, 23, a woman charged in the synthetic drug conspiracy blamed in the deaths of two teens in Grand Forks last summer was sentenced Monday to three years of probation by U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson, said Brett Shasky, assistant U.S. attorney in Fargo.
A month after the Last Place on Earth was shut down by court order, community members describe downtown Duluth as a far different place.
Police say crime has dropped significantly in the Old Downtown area.
Trying to control dangerous synthetic drugs is a lot like playing the old carnival game whack-a-mole. In the game, every time a player uses a mallet to whack a mole sticking its head out of one hole, another mole pops up in another hole, Executive Director Cody Wiberg of the Minnesota Pharmacy Board told a state House committee Tuesday.
Ryan Lane, formerly of Grand Forks, may soon agree to change his plea to guilty in a wide-ranging federal case alleging an international conspiracy to make and sell synthetic hallucinogens blamed for killing two teens in Grand Forks last June.
In its ongoing efforts to combat the sale and use of synthetic drugs, the Duluth City Council passed ordinances Monday night that require retailers of the products to be licensed by the city and that make it illegal for anyone to smoke, ingest, inject or snort any product that’s labeled as being not for human consumption. Synthetic drugs typically bear such a warning.
Next week the city will host Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and a special Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs appointed by House Speaker Paul Thissen to develop legislative recommendations.
North Dakota Supreme Court justices are considering whether police officers illegally seized and searched a package in a synthetic drug case that resulted in the conviction of two Mandan business owners.
A man connected to a Grand Forks drug ring pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to distribute synthetic drugs blamed for the deaths of two teens, a federal charge that carried a mandatory life sentence if he were convicted.
For the first time, federal prosecutors have charged people outside the Grand Forks area in the synthetic drug conspiracy blamed in the deaths of two teenagers and for sending others to the hospital this summer.
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