In this week's feature, "Fake Reefer Madness," you'll see how Kansas lawmakers' recent actions to ban K2 synthetic pot are as paranoid as ... (ahem) someone who's smoked a lot of bad reefer. That's partly because there's evidence that the active chemicals can be used to research treatment for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, and partly because they're ruining people's lives for selling the same stock as the Lowe's garden center.
Other states should take note of Topeka's actions, because K2 is starting to make its way around the country under different names. Was there any doubt that a legal marijuana alternative would travel well?
Take this story from New Orleans television station WWLTV. They get one detail wrong about us, claiming Kansas has already banned the synthetic when in fact a bill has yet to be signed into law, but confusion about legality is probably easy to come by when the FDA is raiding shops. Otherwise, it's a familiar story.
Down south, they call it "Mojo," an admittedly better name. Here's an excerpt from WWLTV's story:
There are different varieties of incense that people are smoking. Some are called "spice" or "spice gold". And it's so widespread in New Orleans that it's even sold at some convenience stores and gas stations. The rest of the story is stuff we've been hearing for months. Think of the children, people getting high on street corners, etc. Legislators probably love K2/Mojo more than any pothead, because at a time when the country is in dire need of leadership -- and few people seem to know how to lead -- they can flog this and look like they're working for the people.
"I'd say it's readily available in the metropolitan area and on the Internet," said New Orleans Police Department Deputy Superintendent of Narcotics, James Scott.
And just about anyone can buy it. Some shops only sell to people over age 18, but others have no age restrictions.
"It allows the children to become intoxicated in some cases, probably right under their parents' noses," Scott said.
What's annoying though is when cops -- like the one's in that story -- complain about how this lets people violate their probation because synthetic marijuana doesn't show up in drug tests. Cops, you protect us and on more than one occasion you've personally helped us out (and we like you). But please listen -- they're not violating their probation by using it because it's legal. For now. Relations with law enforcement are strained enough without you telling someone they're a criminal before they break the law.