Judge denies Last Place on Earth owner's request over license

A federal judge Monday denied a request to block a new Duluth ordinance requiring anyone who sells synthetic drugs to first apply for a city license.

Jim Carlson, the owner of Last Place on Earth, challenged the law that went into effect last week. He argues it violates the fifth amendment. He says he would incriminate himself by applying for the license because he would have to admit he sold illegal products.

A federal magistrate disagreed. He said the city ordinance defines synthetic drugs much more broadly than federal law. So admitting to selling them would not jeopardize his defense against drug charges he currently faces from both the state and the feds.

Carlson has until noon Tuesday to object to the judge's recommendation denying his request for a temporary injunction. In the meantime he has stopped selling synthetic drugs at his downtown store.

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