Update: K2 synthetic marijuana is officially illegal in the state of Kansas, so Sunflower State business owners better get to destroying their supplies (or smoking them).
The laws criminalizing active compounds JWH-018 and JWH-073 were published today, making them schedule 1 drugs in Kansas. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office issued a press releasing saying it knows "several retailers in the county and surrounding areas that have been selling these products. As of today it will be a felony to continue to do so and the sheriff's office encourages these retailers to destroy any remaining product they may have in stock. In addition it is a Class A Misdemeanor to be in possession of these drugs."
In Missouri, the House voted
142-10 Wednesday to outlaw synthetic marijuana products. The bill (H.B. 1472) goes back to the Senate, which has already given initial approval to a ban.
As expected, Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson signed a bill banning the active
chemicals in K2 synthetic marijuana.
JWH-018 and JWH-O73 are now
schedule I controlled substances in Kansas, illegal to possess, use or
sell. The legislation goes into effect as soon as it's published in the
In Parkinson's statement on the ban: "This legislation has received overwhelming support by Kansas law enforcement and the Legislature," Parkinson says. "It will help improve our communities by better equipping law enforcement officers in addressing this issue and deterring Kansans from drug use."