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Associated Press , Published November 14 2012

Mandan shop told to stop selling synthetic drugs

BISMARCK — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has ordered a Mandan shop to quit selling synthetic drugs that are marketed as bath salts.

Stenehjem said Wednesday he also plans to ask the state pharmacy board to approve an emergency rule that would outlaw the synthetic drugs.

Stenehjem had planned to take the issue to the North Dakota Legislature in January. He says Wednesday's action should help remedy the problem until lawmakers can act.

The drugs are chemical substances that are marketed as legal alternatives to marijuana and other mind-altering drugs. Stenehjem says the drugs can make users paranoid and violent.

The owners of the Big Willies shop in Mandan have been sentenced to prison on convictions for conspiring to sell synthetic marijuana.

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