The long line standing in front of the Last Place on Earth, a counter culture establishment on Superior Street, during the summer of 2013 seemed to be the most important issue facing the city of Duluth. Lack of business downtown, except at the LPOE, was blamed on these customers waiting in line. Why were these people standing there? The newspaper said it was to buy drugs
The products are supposedly legal and are sold with warnings to avoid contact. Everyone believes they effect your perception, which is one reason for taking drugs. Jim Carlson agrees that he would rather sell organic marijuana than these synthetic chemicals which must be marked 'not for consumption'. He could not sell these products if they were illegal, and asks how much damage is done by tobacco and alcohol compared to his merchandise. Why risk your health?
Courts in the Arrowhead region have sentenced some people coming before them to abstain from alcohol, non-percription, and illegal drugs while on probation. The products being sold would not test positive on a drug test administered by the corrections department. People trying to "beat the system" seldom find benefit in most opportunities from the justice system. Possibly only a systemic change can deal with this problem. The course of events in this long and drawn out farce are quite embarrasing considering the overinflation of the problem and hyper-editorializing in the media managed to publicize the issue and address to every town in the northland, thereby lengthening the line at this location of so much interesting local history.
If you do not think there is a problem just talk to a few of these waiting customers. All ages, all walks of life, and if you listen to them an insight in what we really have to fear here and now. Some times we win, and sometimes you just keep wading deeper into the manure.