Posted: Jul 13, 2011 5:56 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Jul 13, 2011 6:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal signed House Bill 12 by Rep. Ricky Templet which makes it illegal to possess the ingredients that make up bath salts and synthetic marijuana.
The law was tightened after users found a loophole. Instead of banning ingredients, the previous law outlawed the finished product of bath salts and synthetic marijuana. Users could simply change a few ingredients around to bypass the law, which made it difficult for law enforcement to arrest and prosecute.
"When you pull somebody over and they have the ingredients to make something and you know what they're gonna make but the law says they actually have to have the finished product, it makes it tough on us. So now that's not an issue any more. The ones that have been getting away with it aren't gonna get away with anymore," Livingston Parish Chief Deputy Jason Ard said.
Three chemicals found in bath salts and multiple in synthetic marijuana were added to the list of schedule one narcotics.
It's a problem Louisiana law enforcement confronted head on. When these legal drugs, as many called them, hit the streets, raids in Livingston and East Baton Rouge Parish cracked down on the problem.
And now that it's law, raids will continue.
"Certainly we'll go back and see what's there. If there's anything else that falls into those categories, once again we'll take corrective action on that," Zachary Police Chief David Courtney said.