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Sloan has no prior criminal convictions, but if he goes to prison, he probably won't see that son again until the boy has graduated from high school. Three of the charges carry sentences of 12 to 25 years in federal prison.
As of press time, McAnulla had not been arrested or charged with any felonies.
"They've sent all the shit they took from my store to the prosecutors, and the FDA says it could be weeks or months before anything is filed, so I'm pretty much living with a cloud over my head wondering when they're going to charge me," she says.
All of McAnulla's frozen assest are now the property of the IRS. "You know something funny?" she asks. "The first check to bounce after they froze everything was my estimated individual income tax to the state."
It's possible that Kansas Gov. Parkinson will have signed legislation banning K2 by the time this story goes to press.
That will allow legislators to return to that $400 million budget shortfall, trying to decide which programs to cut, whether to raise taxes, and which services Kansans can live without.
But the session might also see more cops testifying at hearings. The same week as the Kansas House and Senate passed the bans on synthetic cannabinoids, state Rep. Gail Finney, a Wichita Democrat, introduced a bill to legalize medicinal marijuana with a doctor's prescription. Finney has lupus, and she says that makes her sympathetic to patients who could be helped by prescription weed. "I just think it's the right thing to do," she told The Wichita Eagle.
If passed, the bill would authorize "compassionate care centers" for Kansas-grown pot. In response to Finney's proposal, Wichita TV station KWCH commissioned SurveyUSA to conduct a poll of Kansas residents. The results: 58 percent support legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes.