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Judge declines to stop ban on synthetic drugs

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Hennepin County judge won't stop the state's new ban on synthetic drugs from taking effect Friday.

So as of midnight, it will be illegal 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.

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The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/kcM4dU) that Judge William Howard says it's too soon to decide whether the new law is too vague, because no one has faced criminal charges under it.

Several retailers want to stop the ban, including Down in the Valley, Last Place on Earth and Disc and Tape.

The ban outlaws substances "substantially similar" in structure to illegal drugs. The retailers say customers and stores won't know if they are breaking the law.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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