Klobuchar, Minnesota legislators move to criminalize 2C-E


DFL legislators have introduced legislation to make 2C-E a Schedule One substance in Minnesota following the death of one teenager and the hospitalization of 10 others after ingesting the drug. The bill would list the substance along with illegal substances like heroin, LSD and ecstasy. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said earlier this week she will include 2C-E in a drug banning bill she introduced last week dealing with synthetic marijuana.

2C-E is a synthetic drug in the phenethylamine family, a group of psychadelic substances developed in the 1970s. It’s been made a controlled substance in Denmark, the UK, Sweden and New Zealand. It’s currently illegal in Minnesota.

The death of a 19-year old man in Blaine on March 17 is the first suspected death from the drug.

Minnesota HF1285/SF1015 would make it a Schedule I drug, which would impose the harshest controlled substance penalties in line with familiar drugs like heroin, LSD and ecstasy.

The bill was introduced on Wednesday by DFL Reps. Joe Mullery of Minneapolis, Kerry Gauthier of Duluth and Linda Slocum of Richfield, as well as Sen. Linda Berglin of Minneapolis.

On the federal level, Klobuchar said she would try to get the drug banned in her Dangerous Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2011.

“These dangerous drugs pose serious risks to the public and have tragically killed and injured Minnesotans,” she said in a statement. “These drugs should be made illegal and the chemicals used to make them should be banned so that they can no longer be easily purchased online and in stores around the country. We need to take action now before these substances endanger any more lives.”