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The synthetic drug known as K2 mimics the effects of marijuana. It will officially become illegal to sell in Missouri starting August 28th. KSMU’s Ryan Welch spoke with the owner of a local shop about K2.
When Incense and Peppermints owner Pamela Samson spoke with KSMU in February, she didn’t see anything wrong with K2. She said she was comfortable selling it in her store.
Since that interview, however, K2 has been made illegal. Samson says she thinks making K2 illegal will only make it more dangerous than it already is because there will not be any control over the product.
“I think things being illegal and danger kind of go hand in hand in something like that. I mean, because there isn’t any regulation on it now. I really wish they would’ve went for regulating it rather than just banning it without a lot of knowledge on it,” Samson said.
She says she thinks K2, as an illegal drug, will become a gateway drug for drugs like cocaine, heroine, and methamphetamine.
K2 is a combination of herbs, and it’s sprayed with a substance that makes it very similar to regular pot. Samson says she thinks people who need to take urine samples, but who want the effects of marijuana, are more likely to take K2 because it does not show up in urine analysis, like marijuana does.
“People are going to find a way to use this if they want to. And when this is gone, they’re probably going to come up with something else; and when they ban it, they’ll come up with something else and it’s just going to be a never-ending story. That’s why I think they should just legalize marijuana,” Samson said.
She says if marijuana were legalized, society could benefit from its medicinal and monetary benefits. She says that even if it were legalized for recreational use and taxed, then the money from the marijuana tax would help decrease the national debt.
Samson started selling K2 in November and says she had to pay higher taxes this quarter than she ever has in her nearly three years of owning the store. She says she was about to close the store in January, but sales from K2 saved her from having to.
For KSMU News, I’m Ryan Welch.