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Authorities have arrested one of the owners of a smoke shop in Lafayette after undercover officers purchased packets of “legal weed” that tested positive for a banned substance.  The business also sells tobacco products such as pipes, bongs and rolling papers.

The storeowner, Richard Buswell, was arrested on one count of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I narcotics.  Agents also arrested four store employees on one count each of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I narcotics.

There seems to be some confusion about whether or not synthetic marijuana is legal in Louisiana.  Synthetic marijuana is illegal as long as the specific chemical compound is listed in the Louisiana statute.  This statute went into effect in August 2010.  If a new chemical compound of synthetic marijuana is developed, and it is not listed in the statute, it is not illegal.  If you or someone you know has been charged with possession or intent to distribute drugs, contact Baton Rouge Criminal Defense Attorney Carl Barkemeyer.

Source: The Advocate, “Lafayette authorities arrest five on drug counts,” December 9, 2011.


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