WASHINGTON (AP) - People are inventing so many new, legal ways to get high that lawmakers can't seem to keep up. Over the past two years, the U.S. has seen a surge in the use of synthetic drugs made of legal chemicals that mimic the dangerous effects of cocaine, amphetamines... more »
GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - The St. Helena Parish Police Jury has hired Scott Bergthold, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based lawyer whose practice specializes in helping local governments draft laws that regulate adult businesses. Police Jury Vice President Thomas Wicker tells The Advocate Bergthold was recommended to the police jury by the Moral... more »
More consequences could be on the way for those involved in a Mardi Gras fight, including a legal battle and changes to parade rules. Police arrested Lafayette developer Glenn Stewart after officials said he punched a woman, Erin May Fitzgerald, in the face, knocking her unconscious. He's currently charged with... more »
Known as "legal herb," "spice" or "herbal incense," synthetic marijuana has been around for a few years now. But getting it off the streets hasn't been easy for law enforcement.
"They're called synthetic cannabinoids, they're not actually cannabinoids," said Acadiana Crime Lab Director Kevin Ardoin.
Ardoin sees packets... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The parents of a rig worker killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion nearly a year ago have settled their legal claims against companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico disaster. A New Orleans federal court filing Friday says the parents of M-I Swaco mud engineer Blair... more »
The debate over the decriminalization of marijuana is about to heat up. A grassroots organization, called "Legalize Louisiana" has organized a pro-pot march in Lafayette for next month.
"The aim is that we will have safe and free access for cannabis for any medical patient or recreational user who... more »
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Port of Lake Charles is prepared to take legal action to force Pinnacle Entertainment to give up its hold on what was to be the site of the Sugarcane Bay casino-resort. The port board voted 5-0 Monday to have the agency's staff use legal... more »
PASCGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Jackson County authorities say a new synthetic marijuana has made its way into the local market. The Mississippi Press reports that one its reporters went to an unidentified convenience store and paid $21.40 for a one-gram package of Nola Diamond grape potpourri. The newspaper says the... more »