Friday, March 4, 2011

Derek Williams, former trashman, has made a fortune in fake pot

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click to enlarge It's not weed, but it sure sells like it is.
  • It's not weed, but it sure sells like it is.

Great American men have always taken advantage of the public's need to get fucked up as a way to build their fortunes. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp. Joe Kennedy built a dynasty on bootleg liquor. It's good to see a local man continue the tradition by making a fortune off fake weed.

Bloomberg has a story up about the sales and bans on synthetic marijuana blends over the last year, and it leads with KC's own Derek Williams. A one-time trash-truck driver, Williams might retire by the time he's 30 because of sales of his popular invention, Syn.



According to a Bloomberg story on the compounds, the 29-year-old claims to have sold more than $1.5 million worth of his product in at least 10 states.

Just this week, the feds placed a one-year emergency ban on five of the chemicals used in fake-weed blends so regulating legislation can be written and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can study the health effects. Williams says he has managed to stay ahead of these regulations by tweaking the formula whenever one chemical is banned.

And to think, he did $1.5 million in sales just by looking up recipes on the Internet.

I'm in the wrong business.


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