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Bill Toughens Synthetic Drug Laws
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Bill Toughens Synthetic Drug Laws

Tougher penalties for people caught selling synthetic drugs could be on the way in Minnesota. A proposed bill would include charges for sellers of drugs containing analogs, which are used to make synthetic drugs.

Sellers would be charged with a felony and could serve up to five years in prison. Currently, violators are charged with a gross misdemeanor.

Prosecutors say growing use of the drugs makes the new law necessary.

"This is bad stuff. You know a year ago we didn't know much about this stuff so now we're in a better spot and able to equate specific penalties you know with specific crimes," said Mark Ostrem, Olmsted County Attorney.

Last July, it became illegal to possess or sell synthetic drugs in Minnesota.

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