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Dec 8, 2011 12:53 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Search warrants for illegal weed at six Curious Goods stores

Six Curious Goods stores in three parishes are being searched for illegal weed. Search warrants are being served at three locations in Lafayette, two in New Iberia and one in Vermilion Parish. What's supposed to be considered legal weed that was sold at the stores was found to be illegal, according to Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force Capt. John Babin said. Agents previously determined the products were illegal and returned today to determine if other legal weed products are indeed illegal. You can only tell by doing tests on the product.

Legal weed is sold and labeled as "potpourri." It looks similar to marijuana, is smoked like it and gets users high. Unlike marijuana, it's legal to buy. A Louisiana law, passed in August, 2010, made some synthetic marijuana illegal. The law bans certain synthetic chemicals used to make "legal" weed.

Beginning on August 15, 2010, Louisiana made the following synthetic cannabinoids illegal:

* 2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-5-(2-methyloctan-2-yl)phenol {also known as CP 47,497 and its C6, C7, C8, and C9 homologues}
* (6aR,10aR)-9-(hydroxymethyl)-6,6-dimethyl-3-(2-methyloctan-2-yl)- 6a,7,10,10a-tetrahydrobenzo [c]chromen-1-ol {also known as HU-210}
* Naphthalen-1-yl-(1-pentylindol-3-yl)methanone {also known as 1- Pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole or JWH-018}
* Naphthalen-1-yl-(1-butylindol-3-yl)methanone {also known as 1-Butyl- 3-(1-naphthoyl)indole or JWH-073}

The law also makes it a crime to possess or use certain listed prohibited plant substances to create the synthetic marijuana.

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