BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Gov. Bobby Jindal and officials with the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), and State Police announced the ban of a new synthetic marijuana compound called "MAB-CHMINACA" . The designer drug, sold under names such as Mojo and Spice, has been associated with more than 125 residents seeking treatment at Baton Rouge-area hospitals since Oct. 3.
The ban adds the full chemical compound N-(1-amino-3,3-dimethyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide to the list of Schedule 1 Controlled Dangerous Substances.
"We must continue working with law enforcement to stop the sale of these dangerous drugs, and banning this new compound will help keep these deadly substances off of our streets and out of the hands of our children," said Gov. Jindal.
"I will not hesitate to ban these dangerous substances as long as retailers continue to put our youth at risk by stocking them on their shelves," DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert said. "They have no legitimate use and there is no excuse for the drug dealers who continue to hide behind store counters by staying one step ahead of the law."
The ban of MAB-CHMINACA is the latest in a series of synthetic marijuana compounds banned in Louisiana. DHH banned the first set of synthetic marijuana compounds in March and banned an additional two in July. The effort to add new compounds to the list of Schedule 1 controlled substances is done through a partnership of DHH, LSP, the Louisiana Poison Control Center, local hospitals, crime labs and parish corner's offices.