Baton Rouge residents may remember that just a few short years ago, many Louisianans were turning to so-called synthetic marijuana and other synthetic drugs as a legal alternative to drugs that could otherwise land people in trouble with the law. Louisiana authorities quickly closed this legal loophole, however, such that now many synthetic drugs are illegal.
Those who use common forms of synthetic marijuana and other synthetic drugs now can face drug charges and the severe legal penalties that can come with those drug charges should they be convicted. Specifically, a person caught distributing these types of chemicals can receive a maximum sentence of 50 years at hard labor in a Louisiana prison. While penalties for synthetic marijuana distribution are more lenient, one can still wind in prison for 30 years should he or she get convicted on a synthetic marijuana distribution charge.