k-2, the Spice mountain of lies, intrigue and injustice.
Mention the words Spice and K2 in the same breath, and the mind wanders to snow capped mountains and cups of hot steaming Chai Tea. Not so in Kansas and Missouri where these once loved names have become the victim of a new kind of refer madness. Thugs and madmen are goose stepping to the beat of marshal law in the mid west. Bashing down the doors of legal enterprises in the name of laws that do not exist yet. K2 and Spice are two major brands of herbal incense, the tyrants call them synthetic Marijuana.
The main strike of scare mongering began on February 4th 2010, when the FDA and local Police stormed the doors of Bouncing Bear Botanicals in Kansas with guns drawn. The entire staff was bound and shackled in cold steel, even gray haired grandmothers and grandpas were shown no mercy. The owner of the business, Jon Sloan, a young entrepreneur 29 years of age who employs 12 people, was arrested with his bail set at $906,000. He faces a possible 75 years in federal prison.
The fringe is a dangerous place to live and that is the ground that Bouncing Bear Botanicals (B.B.B.) was built on. B.B.B. stocks and sells a mind boggling array of legal and natural items which are used around the world in the pursuit of enlightenment. If you ever wondered what it was like to lick a toad, you could find out by ordering a pet toad from B.B.B, and then doing to it what they do not suggest. From Cacti to Mushrooms, if they are legal to sell or posses and produce interesting effects when used contrary to suggested or intended purposes, they stock it. Among the things Jon Sloan is being charged for "Unlawful possession of certain drug precursors and drug paraphernalia: Plastic jugs" Thats right people, plastic Jugs, let this be a lesson to all of you who do not recycle your empty milk containers. Reading through the list of charges is almost laughable, that is if a father wasn't facing a life of seeing his child and wife from behind bars. Another charge "Unlawful cultivation or distribution of controlled substances: Mescaline" by having possession of several species of cactus you can buy at any Lowes or Wal Mart. And my favorite "Unlawful cultivation or distribution of controlled substances: ..... Morning Glory Seeds" The bloody criminal!! Well Jon has since bounced out of jail on bail and is back to selling what stock he has left as the fascist re group to prepare for their next strike...... One of his clients who purchased K2 from him wholesale.
In Philadelphia recently the CBP (Customs and Border Protection - A Homeland Security Dept.) called in the FDA to seize a shipment of legal herbs coated with a legal chemical called JWH-018. The CBP had tried this once before using the DEA, but that attempt ultimately failed, as the DEA considers JWH-018 legal and unrelated to the drug THC which is in Marijuana. The product seized, called K2 Summit, is sold as incense, and marketed as not for human consumption. I must point out that the story originally appeared on the CBP web site as a news release, but has been removed from their web site. If you google "JWH-018 seizure philadelphia" you will find a remnant showing it once existed on their web site, but has since been scrubbed. Back to the Summit, about 600 grams were seized, with an inflated street value listed at $30,000. The FDA used a small loop hole in their Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. Their office decided quietly and with no public disclosure or forum that JWH-018 is a "Drug" and not a "Chemical", and being a new drug it must have a New Drug Application on file before it can be imported and distributed. But JWH-018 has only ever been marketed as a chemical, and as a chemical only for fertilizer purposes or non consumption purposes. For the time being JWH-018 remains legal to posses in the USA (Except Kansas).
In Missouri the fear mongering continues, as the state considers legislation to ban K2. Missouri, the state with no open container Law, no prohibition on drinking in public, no laws baring consumption of alcohol by minors, and no penalty for public intoxication, is scared beyond belief over K2. The state where you can fill your car up and buy a bottle of bourbon while you are at it, is worried about their children. Missouri a state that has the nations 4th largest percentage of adult smokers, is worried about their children being exposed to the K2 incense, it could hurt their lungs. Missouri a state that ranks among the nations highest in alcohol production and tobacco production is worried about their children. Stories are coming out of the woodwork saying something over 30 teenagers have reported adverse experiences like getting sick to their stomach from smoking incense. This is a great concern in a state which saw over 150 people overdose in 2009 from Heroin.
In reading through all the allegations and bantering from federal and State officials, I am reminded of a story about Lyndon Johnson who while running for office once said that his opponent was having sexual relations with his barnyard pigs, so he would have to spend the rest of the campaign denying it. The stories being spread by the Federal and state officials are ill-rational and unfounded. They all use this classic tactic, like calling K-2 "synthetic marijuana", a "hallucinogenic", having "unknown side effects" and on and on with a list of "could" things that it will do to you. Water will kill you if you drink enough.
This writer recently obtained a blood and urine test and is proud to report he showed as negative for the 10 substances tested, but being a journalist at heart I decided I must test this substance in ways it was never marketed to be used. I purchased both pure JWH-018 and K2 Incense. I approached both like a careless idiot, giving my body over to science and awaiting the doom which has been warned by the evil empire. I doubled my dose and then even though I already had enough, I doubled up again and the only adverse reaction I felt was severe munchies.
To think.....75 years in federal prison for giving people the munchies.