Jim Carlson (businessman)

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Jim Carlson is an American businessman and the Grassroots Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.

Carlson is the owner of Last Place on Earth, a head shop located in Duluth, Minnesota.[1] In September 2011, the shop was raided by police for selling bath salts and synthetic marijuana.[2] After the raid, Carlson filed a lawsuit to strike down Minnesota's ban on the substances. His suit was dismissed by the court in November 2011.[3][4][5]

In June 2012, Carlson began a bid for U.S. presidency and received the presidential nomination of the Grassroots Party.[6][7][8]

Trial and Conviction in Federal Court[edit]

On September 16, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jim Carlson went to trial, facing 55 federal charges, including selling misbranded drugs and controlled substance analogues.[9]

On October 7, 2013, he was found guilty of 51 of the 55 counts.[10] He faces a maximum sentence of 900 years.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, Larry (September 23, 2011) "He dares Duluth to shut his head shop", Star Tribune. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Louwagie, Pam (September 23, 2011) "Head shop raided by Duluth police", Star Tribune. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  3. ^ Walsh, James (November 16, 2011) "Duluth retailer's synthetic-drug suit dismissed", Star Tribune. Retrieved July 9, 2012
  4. ^ Kraker, Dan (November 23, 2011) "Ground zero in legal fight against synthetic pot is the Last Place on Earth", Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
  5. ^ "Last Place Plans to Fight Synthetic Drug Law", Northland's NewsCenter. May 1, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  6. ^ "Last Place Owner Running for President of the United States", Northland's NewsCenter. June 13, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  7. ^ KBJR-TV (June 29, 2012) "Duluth Head Shop Owner Continues Presidential Bid", MSNBC. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  8. ^ "Grassroots Party Nominates a Presidential Ticket", Ballot Access News. July 7, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  9. ^ "Jury Find Last Place on Earth Owner Jim Carlson Guilty on Most Counts", Duluth News Tribune. October 7, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  10. ^ "Jury Upholds 51 Counts Against Jim Carlson in Federal Court", Northland News Center. October 7, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  11. ^ "Duluth Leaders React to Jim Carlson's Conviction", Northland News Center. October 7, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.