Kansas and the FDA have moved swiftly against K2. What looks like potpourri is now under attack by Sunflower State authorities with a vengeance. This is somewhat strange because a recent study suggests that it’s easier for teens to buy marijuana than beer so obviously prohibition still doesn’t work except when it comes to grabbing headlines.
Nevertheless, I still didn’t get a chance to sample the drug while it was legal and now it will forever remain a mystery. Kansas was seemingly forced to play babysitter after so many media reports sparked the curiosity of just about everybody with a TV in the four state area. And the price of all this publicity is that K2 purveyor Jonathan Sloan of Lawrence was charged with multiple felonies. Meanwhile, Natalie McAnulla who owns Lawrence store where the fake weed was sold has yet to be charged with anything.
Additionally, curious locals might be intrigued by the fact that a herb shop on Wesport and main still has limited supplies of K2. Pink, Blonde and Summit are still in limited quantities while supplies last but I still doubt I’ll leave my basement during the snow to sample especailly since they sell for the INSANE price of $30 for three grams. And since the shop in Lawrence supplies the Westport outlet, there’s probably not going to be a re-up.
Still, for me the real story here is the alleged quality of the now illicit drug.
From a few personal interviews I’ve heard that K2 is actually a rather potent high and a bit “cleaner” than marijuana. Self-described pot heads don’t screw around with the little cash they can scrape together and the pricey retail cost of the faux pot was described it as “worth it” by a one of my most beloved Lawrence denizens who is currently pursing the standard stoner 12-year liberal arts degree.
Luckily pot isn’t my thing and like so many of the brave Native Americans who once dominated the Kansas territory that’s now home to so many fast food chains and car dealerships; perfectly legal “firewater” suits my purposes unless adult onset diabetes slows me down.
So, one more drug is off the list for Rock Chalk stoners but I can’t help but think that the steady progress of technology and human weakness will continue to develop even more methods of escapism.