Posted: Jan 7, 2011 5:47 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2011 5:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- Just one day after authorities seized thousands of dollars worth of now illegal substances known as 'bath salts,' business owners who sell other products, known as synthetic marijuana are worried if they'll be affected.
The substance is similar to a product banned by the Louisiana Legislature last summer, but because it uses legal chemicals it is still on the market.
"I don't know of any legitimate purpose of this stuff, I have not seen that at all, everyone who I've talked to about it have been people wanting to get high just like they're smoking marijuana," said Perry Rushing with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office.
Tiger Express owner Ali Fini says the substance is one of his top sellers, and he'll continue to stock it as long as it's legal. Though, now he'll keep less supply on hand in case authorities come to seize his stock.
"I'm not buying too many of them right now I'm buying about ten pack at a time so in the case the government seizes it or something it will minimize my loss," said Fini.
Still, authorities believe it won't be long until the new 'fake pot,' comes off the shelves.
"My experience tells me there are no people apparently dying from just ingesting the potpourri just the actions they commit afterwards may sometimes be illegal I think it will move at a more measured pace as far as outlawing the various types of potpourri," said Rushing.