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S.F. No. 2578 - Miscellaneous Controlled Substance and DWI Changes (First Engrossment)
Author: Senator Paul T. Anderson
Prepared By: Kenneth P. Backhus, Senate Counsel (651/296-4396)
Date: March 7, 2018


Article 1 – Controlled Substance-Related Changes

Section 1 adds the following substances to Schedule I of the controlled substances law: 

  • 4-(4-bromophenyl)-4-dimethylamino-1-phenethylcyclohexanol (bromadol), which is a synthetic opiate; and
  • 1-(3-chlorophenyl) piperazine (meta-chlorophenylpiperazine or mCPP), which is a synthetic stimulant.

Section 2 aligns the statutory Schedule IV of the controlled substances law with that found in the Board of Pharmacy’s rules by adding the following opiate drugs:

  • pentazocine; and
  • butorphanol (including its optical isomers).

Section 3 makes it a gross misdemeanor to sell kratom to someone under the age of 18, and a misdemeanor for someone under the age of 18 to possess it.




Article 2 – Substantive Change to DWI Law; Intoxicating Substances

Section 1 defines “intoxicating substance” in the DWI law to mean drugs or chemicals (as those terms are defined in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 151) that produce impairment.  Clarifies that the term does not include controlled substances or alcohol (these items are already covered under current DWI law).

Section 2 amends the DWI crime by striking the current language relating to the crime of hazardous substance DWI. Replaces this with the crime of driving while knowingly under the influence of an intoxicating substance (see Article 2, section one’s definition). 

Section 3 repeals the current definition of “hazardous substance” in the DWI law since this term will no longer be used.

Article 3 - Conforming Changes to DWI-Related Laws

This article amends all the other DWI-related laws to make the same changes made in Article 2, and to make other necessary conforming changes.

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