08/15/2012 10:37 am ET Updated Oct 15, 2012

Duluth Business Owner Running For President On The Grassroots Party Ticket

ST. PAUL -- The owner of a Duluth store that police have targeted for allegedly selling synthetic drugs is running for president.

The Grassroots Party, which mostly supports legalizing marijuana, Monday filed paperwork to place Jim Carlson's name on the Minnesota ballot.

Grassroots officials said they presented more than 2,700 signatures on a petition to the Minnesota secretary of state's office. If the signatures are validated, Carlson will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

His vice presidential candidate is George McMahon, a Livermore, Iowa, resident who has testified at Minnesota legislative hearings in favor of legalizing marijuana. He was the Independent Grassroots Party vice presidential candidate in 1996.

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