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Law expands illegal synthetic drugs

July 26, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL More synthetic drugs will be illegal under a law taking effect Wednesday, and a state agency will be able to act faster to make newly developed versions illegal. Continue Reading

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UPDATE: New Federal Law Bans Synthetic Drugs

July 9, 2012 in WDAZ

ST. PAUL – A federal bill banning synthetic substances that mimic traditional illegal drugs is now law.

President Barack Obama on Monday signed a food and drug safety bill into law; it contains provisions outlawing synthetic drugs such 2C-E and “spice.” Continue Reading

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Main Source Of Synthetic Drug Cases Off Streets, Will The Problem Stop?

June 22, 2012 in WDAZ

Police say the main source and man in connection with both synthetic drug cases is behind bars tonight.
But will this stop what police call a ‘major’ drug problem in the area?
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GFPD Warn People Speak Out On Synthetic Drug Dangers

June 21, 2012 in WDAZ

Police are speaking out on what they say is a *major* synthetic drug problem in the Red River Valley.
Two teens are dead because of it and one is behind bars with a murder charge. Continue Reading

Klobuchar urges federal ban on deadly synthetic drugs

February 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Although banned in states like North Dakota and Minnesota, synthetic marijuana and similar substances are increasingly falling into the hands of young people, sometimes with deadly consequences, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said Sunday at a panel discussion in Moorhead. Continue Reading

Study: Synthetic pot used by 1 in 9 U.S. 12th-graders

December 15, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

High school seniors in Midwest had 13.5% rate of use, highest in nationThe study, released Wednesday by the National Institutes of Health, is believed to be the first government attempt to survey the popularity of synthetic substances often marketed as “herbal incense” and sold under brands such as “Spice” and “K2.” Senior students with the highest rate of use — 13.5 percent — were from the Midwest. Continue Reading

Bath salts’ rise as dangerous synthetic drug alarms officials, affected families

September 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Of all the new synthetic drugs alarming health and law enforcement officials in Minnesota and across the country, none has exploded into the culture over the past year as quickly – or as dangerously – as the human-made substance known as “plant food.” Continue Reading

Dangerous synthetic drugs available online; users play chemical roulette

September 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The ad for the powerful hallucinogenic drug emerged on a foreign website in June, billed as a “research chemical” with the strange name 4-Meo-PCP.
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Minnesota judge declines to stop ban on synthetic drugs

June 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

As of midnight, it will be illegal in Minnesota to have or sell synthetic drugs, including fake marijuana, bath salts and other chemicals, like the one blamed in a mass overdose that killed a 19-year-old last spring. Continue Reading

New wave of untested synthetic drugs: easy to get, deceptively dangerous

April 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Legislation being considered in the Minnesota House and Senate would make 16 chemicals found in synthetic marijuana illegal, as well as those in bath salts and the 2C family, Continue Reading