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Minnesota Board of Pharmacy Director Cody Wiberg testifies to a legislative committee Wednesday in favor of a bill cracking down on synthetic drugs in the state. Next to him is bill author Rep. Bob Barrett, R-Shafer. The bill passed in the House committee. DON DAVIS | BEMIDJI PIONEER

Minnesota lawmakers consider cracking down on synthetic drugs

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ST. PAUL - In a continued fight against synthetic drugs, Minnesota lawmakers are considering making selling some of them a felony.

A bill is headed to the House floor setting a penalty for selling certain synthetic drugs, compounds meant to mimic the effects of the actual drugs, a felon with five years in prison. It currently is a gross misdemeanor.

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