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Published July 16, 2013, 08:43 AM

Judge: Duluth synthetic drug ordinance can be enforced

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.

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.

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