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Customers line up as Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson talks at his store on Superior Street in downtown Duluth in April 2013. Carlson was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison Thursday after being convicted of selling synthetic drugs. Clint Austin /

Last Place on Earth owner Carlson sentenced to more than 17 years in prison

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MINNEAPOLIS — Jim Carlson, owner of downtown Duluth’s Last Place on Earth head shop, was sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison Thursday in a ruling that left government officials jubilant and Carlson’s supporters fuming.


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