Lohmer named to legislative substance abuse task force


ST. PAUL — Rep. Kathy Lohmer, R-Lake Elmo, was assigned to the Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs by Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thissen, it was announced Tuesday.

This committee will examine drug abuse issues in Minnesota and recommend policies to fight the spread of the sale of synthetic drugs in the state. The committee plans to issue a report with recommendations for the 2014 legislative session.

“I was honored to be recently appointed to the Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs,” Lohmer said. “This is an extremely serious problem in our state and I’m looking forward to finding solutions to prevent our young people from enduring the devastating effects of these illegal drugs,” said Lohmer.

Members of the committee are scheduled to be in Duluth Friday for a public hearing on synthetic drug abuse hosted by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson.

Other committee members include Rep. Erik Simonson, DFL-Duluth, who will chair the committee, Rep. Jim Newberger, R-Becker, Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, and Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter.