Committee holds first hearing on synthetic drugs 10 Jul 13

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A legislative committee formed to advance the

fight against synthetic drugs in Minnesota has met for the first time.


Chaired by Rep. Erik Simonson, a Duluth Democrat, the committee plans

to research solutions and submit a report to the Legislature when it

reconvenes in January.


Simonson says the report will include recommendations for new laws to

combat the sale of the substances as well as ideas about how the state

can help educate the public about the risks.


According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he says the problem is not

limited to Duluth. His home city has been the center of the synthetic

drug debate in Minnesota because a head shop there is selling the

products despite complaints from city officials, residents and




Information in the following story is from: St. Paul Pioneer Press,