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Published January 10, 2012, 03:10 PM

Discontent owner turns into petitions to repeal drug paraphernalia ordnance

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The owner of Discontent turned in all of the signed petitions to repeal the city's controversial drug paraphernalia ordnance.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The owner of Discontent turned in all of the signed petitions to repeal the city's controversial drug paraphernalia ordnance.

Tom Tepley dropped off the signed petitions just after 10 this morning to City Hall. The petition needed to have 1,847 signatures to be certified, Tepley handed in about 26 hundred and registered about 1000 new Moorhead voters.

The petition is asking the City Council to repeal the ordinance or put it to vote of the people. The ban makes possessing or selling items authorities deem drug paraphernalia a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a 1000 dollar fine.

Because of this, Tepley will be closing his store at11 P-M to protect his employees.

TOM TEPLEY - Discontent Owner: “I don't see fit to see that we need to have legal battles and criminal cases and all sorts of stuff as we sort through all of this. I am not interested in that, I am interested in one thing at a time, and we are going to go through the democratic process first.”

Tepley says with his clearance sale and closing of the store, he's had better business then he could ever remember.

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