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Duluth head shop will likely face charges over selling synthetic pot

An attorney for St. Louis County tells the Duluth News Tribune he expects to file charges against the Last Place on Earth. Police raided the shop in September and reportedly took synthetic marijuana, cash and 31 guns. The shop claims that was illegal search and seizure.
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An attorney for St. Louis County tells the Duluth News Tribune he expects to file charges against the Last Place on Earth. Police raided the shop in September and reportedly took synthetic marijuana, cash and 31 guns. The shop claims that was illegal search and seizure.

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