(Kansas City) The Kansas House endorsed legislation this week to outlaw synthetic marijuana, sold as incense under the brand name K2, and currently perfectly legal. “This is the new drug of choice,” said Kansas Rep. Rob Olson, the bill’s sponsor. The state Senate passed similar legislation last month, and after a final House vote this week, lawmakers will reconcile the two versions of the legislation before sending it to Gov. Mark Parkinson for a signature. Kansas would be the first state in the nation to outlaw the product. Now, an interesting twist on this story, yesterday in Lawrence Kansas, local law enforcement and U.S. Food and Drug Administration agents raided the store Sacred Journey.
According to the newspaper the Kansas City Pitch, the agents seemed to be targeting the store’s supply of K2. The attorney for Sacred Journey, told the Kansas City Pitch yesterday, “From what I was told, the warrant says they are suspected of selling illegal drugs. The agents seized various things, including an inventory list”. The officers also went into the store’s safe. The officers also told employees they are considering charging the store’s owner criminally. She was out of state when the raid was conducted. Supposedly some of the botanicals she sells contain chemicals that could be precursors to substances on the federal schedule of controlled substances. Meanwhile, a Kansas City television station reports that the man who supplies Sacred Journey with K2 was also detained yesterday and questioned by law officials about the chemicals contained in the fake marijuana. A call to the FDA led to a statement that the FDA does not comment on ongoing investigations.