Governor Dayton signs bill to fight synthetic drugs
Saint Paul – In a ceremony today, Governor Mark Dayton signed HF 2508. The bill was originally signed into law in April 2012. The bill enhances current law in regard to the growing problem of synthetic drug production and use in Minnesota.
This important public safety law expands the definition of illicit “synthetic” substances and grants the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy expedited rulemaking authority to handle the ever-changing chemical formulae used by drug producers. The law increases the penalty for sale of synthetic cannabinoids from a gross misdemeanor to a felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, a $10,000 fine, or both. It will take effect August 1, 2012.
The bill passed with strong bipartisan support in both bodies of the Minnesota Legislature, and was supported by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, League of Minnesota Cities, Minnesota Board of Health, Minnesota County Attorneys Association, and local law enforcement leaders.
Governor Dayton was joined at the signing ceremony today by:
Photo attachment: Governor Dayton holds mock bill signing for HF 2508.