While we wait for Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to sign a ban on K2 synthetic marijuana, some of you might be stockpiling the faux reefer.
At least that's what's been hinted at by various commenters on this site. And I've seen brisk sales at metro stores still carrying the stuff.
Now, I'm not going to name any names, and I'm certainly not going to tell you to stop buying. But buyer beware. Know your dealer.
For a while, I wasn't concerned about where you bought your K2. It seemed like every place in the metro -- on the Kansas and the Missouri side -- was getting its supply from Jon Sloan, who everyone agreed was a trustworthy businessman.
Sloan even pleaded with lawmakers not to ban K2 during the first legislative meeting in Topeka. He would've saved himself a lot of trouble by keeping his mouth shut.
Earlier this year, Sloan's shop was raided, and he's still facing drug charges for things like selling a cactus that you can buy in the Wal-Mart garden center. (Seriously. Read "Fake Reefer Madness.") So without Sloan around to work with distribution, it's become more and more unclear exactly who's getting what from where.
"I had four of five distributors talk to me about this stuff, but I didn't trust them. I dealt with Jon because I trusted Jon," says one local businessman who sells K2. (I'm keeping the names out of this story because I don't want to endorse one business over another, and because the details of current K2 distribution are still sketchy.).
This businessman has since found a distributor that he trusts and has continued to sell K2. Others we talked to, however, said some worrisome things.
"If I can't buy it, I'm just going to start making it myself," a different business owner told us. "You can find the recipe all over the internet."
That business owner is right. Google JWH-073 and JWH-018 -- the synthetic cannabinoids that make K2 potent -- and you'll find instructions on how to make them yourself. It's also easy to find the chemical ingredients. But even if the formula were as easy and rewarding as adding chocolate to milk, I don't know anyone selling this stuff in the metro who has a degree in chemistry. I also don't know their standards of cleanliness. For all you know, the less scrupulous ones are making it in their toilets like prison wine.
Some of the people selling this stuff seem as concerned about the safety of their product as any ethical dealer should be, and likely are getting it from decent sources. But if you're still getting bags, ask your favorite K2 shop if they're mixing it in their basement.