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BATON ROUGE-  Fines and arrests are not the only thing on tap for businesses caught selling synthetic marijuana in Louisiana anymore.

The Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is getting involved in the crackdown on the illegal products by throwing in a new consequence that includes suspending liquor and tobacco licenses, with the goal of revoking them permanently.

Monday, two businesses, one in Baton Rouge and one in Baker, were the first to get served the suspensions.

ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert believes hitting businesses where it hurts most may be the break law enforcement across the state needs to shut these sales down.

"Fines are going to be one thing, and even jail time for some of them, but when you take away their bread and butter, which is going to be alcohol and tobacco sales, I think that should send a strong message," he said.

ATC says the stores that had their licenses suspended today get to fight it at a hearing Thursday.

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