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Duluth asks judge to close head shop

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The city of Duluth is asking a judge to shut down a downtown head shop that sells synthetic marijuana.

The city argues the Last Place on Earth has created a public nuisance. Business owners have long complained about the throngs of customers who gather outside the shop.

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Both supporters and critics of the business and its owner, Jim Carlson, crowded the St. Louis County Courthouse for Friday's hearing.

Carlson's attorney Randall Tigue (TY'-guh) argued the state's nuisance law is unconstitutionally vague.

Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/XqI1D0 ) reports Judge Shaun Floerke appeared skeptical of the city's request. He asked how a judge could prevent the sale of synthetic drugs, when it's something the state and federal governments haven't been able to do.

A decision isn't expected until after Thanksgiving.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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