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Sacred Journey owner plans protest rally after K2 raid at her Lawrence business

FDA won’t discuss ongoing investigation

Officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Johnson County Sheriff's Office and Lawrence Police Department, conducted a search and seizure in February 2010 inside Lawrence's Sacred Journey — a store at the center of the K2 controversy in Kansas.

Officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Johnson County Sheriff's Office and Lawrence Police Department, conducted a search and seizure in February 2010 inside Lawrence's Sacred Journey — a store at the center of the K2 controversy in Kansas.

February 12, 2010


Local store owner says targeting unfair

The owner of local business Sacred Journey says she was unfairly targeted by state and federal agents last week. Authorities raided the shop in connection with K2. Enlarge video

K2 Debate

Lawrence is a focal point for the current debate in the Kansas Legislature about banning the active ingredient in an herbal substance known as K2. Follow the debate and the progress of the Kansas bills here.

Natalie McAnulla says she fell victim to “Big Brother-style government intervention” when authorities last week raided her downtown Lawrence store, prompting her to stop selling the controversial synthetic marijuana, K2.

She questions whether it would have happened had she just kept her mouth shut. Instead, McAnulla had spoken out to legislators against two state bills that would make the substance illegal.

“Only weeks after my testimony was given, my store was raided by the FDA, KBI and local law enforcement officials. Another business owner testified, and his warehouse was also raided,” said McAnulla, owner of Sacred Journey, 1103 Mass. “There must be a dozen other places in the area where these same products are sold … but because these store owners did not stand up to the law enforcement community, their stores were not investigated.”

Agents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which led the raid, have not explained why they took items form the store or from a warehouse in Oskaloosa, home to Bouncing Bear Botanicals, which supplied different items to the Lawrence store, including K2.

“The FDA cannot discuss an ongoing investigation,” Tom Gasparoli, FDA spokesman, said Friday.

FDA and Kansas Bureau of Investigation officials seized McAnulla’s entire supply of K2 — which produces a high-like effect if inhaled — in addition to many other plants and herbs. McAnulla said government agents also froze her bank accounts.

“I’m left to run a store on nothing,” she said.

McAnulla is trying to draw a crowd of 500 to a rally she’s hosting at 2 p.m. Saturday in South Park, just down the street from her store. She’s protesting how she’s been treated.

“If I can be placed at the edge of extinction by government officials just because I had the courage to speak out against oppressive legislation, then it can happen to anyone,” McAnulla said.

Officials arrested Bouncing Bear owner Jonathan Sloan, and he was charged with eight felony drug offenses, including the unlawful manufacturing and distribution of controlled substances. Sloan was released from Jefferson County Jail on $150,000 bond, pending an April 13 preliminary hearing.


eotw33 8 years, 4 months ago

you should sue not protest...or both

nobody1793 8 years, 4 months ago

Naw, she should host a big music and camping festival.

Jeremy DeBoard 8 years, 4 months ago

As K2 has not been made illegal yet, having it taken in such a way is not only illegal seizure of property, but a debasement of character to have yourself put through the ringer like a common drug runner. Hopefully none of the other "plants and herbs" were illegal as well.

yellowhouse 8 years, 4 months ago

You just have no idea what the Government can put you through until you are forced to endure it yourself..

amrose42683 8 years, 4 months ago

I seriously do not understand how what law enforcement is doing is legal since K2 isn't even illegal as of yet.

KansasPerson 8 years, 4 months ago

If all they confiscated was K2 (which as I understand it isn't technically illegal yet), then I can understand her protestations.

But didn't some news sources report that other things were taken, that is, botanicals that are already illegal?

I'm not saying it's right or wrong, I'm just pointing out that if illegal (non-K2) stuff was actually confiscated, are you protesting against that too (in which case you might have to take your argument to the legislature and try to get the law changed), or just against the K2 confiscation, regardless of the fact that it wasn't the only thing they took?

somedude20 8 years, 4 months ago

If I were a cop and I heard about 500 stoners getting together in SP, I would take clown-o the drug sniffing dog for a nice walk through the park. What is that you smell clown-o, cause I smell probable cause

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 4 months ago

Yeah... she's saying "I'm no different from the other retailers", but is that the honest truth? It could be that they confiscated the K2 because they believed it was spiked with something. Keep in mind that all we have are her complaints and very few details from the feds. We've basically heard one side of this story. It would be a little too draconian and transparent to ONLY raid the lone outspoken retailer. Don't you think the FDA is smarter than that? In the U.S., this sort of stuff gets agencies in trouble.

If you worked for the FDA, would you risk your career and reputation for an unethical and politically motivated raid? I wouldn't.

Jeteras 8 years, 4 months ago

oh come on, they were selling wacky weeds.. If the FDA stepped in they were selling something that is illegal just not in this state maybe.. We all still have due process no matter how much everyone balks about a government takeover

akt2 8 years, 4 months ago

Maybe the Honk for Hemp guy can make an appearance. He likes to hang out at the 11th and Mass area when possible.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 4 months ago

How much you wanna bet she stands up at her rally and makes a reference to Wounded Knee?

And, how much you wanna bet there is a distinct smell of the evil weed in the crowd that day?

Vic 8 years, 4 months ago

The sad, sad lengths people will go to get high. Please, get help.

BorderRat 8 years, 4 months ago

Man, you guys ought to move out here to Denver. For $150.00 you can have a "Doctor" write you a prescription for Medical Marijuana. The pot shops have sprung up like weeds (sorry).

Jeteras 8 years, 4 months ago

akt2 Good idea,, man I miss that guy.. Him and that other guy with the beard that made peace signs to everyone.. You know the one that reminds you of Tommy Chong!!

gatekeeper 8 years, 4 months ago

If the FDA stepped in they were selling something that is illegal //////

No, she wasn't and that's why she wasn't charged with anything. The other guy was charged because he supposedly did have other substances.

An old friend's dad worked for the KBI most of his life (very high up the chain). Just because someone works for the KBI, FDA, police, etc.... don't assume they're always acting within the law. This KBI employee wasn't on the straight and narrow and lots of coworkers weren't either. Ever wonder why some people never get busted for their illegal activities? It's who you know and what you do for them. Our system isn't fair and never will be.

Shane Garrett 8 years, 4 months ago

Everyone make sure to wear the "foil" caps and hide your face. Maybe a new political party called the green police shall arise from those that gather at south park. A party that would not only Ccean up America but the government as well. Then perhaps we could keep the asian carp outta the great lakes.

Jeremy DeBoard 8 years, 4 months ago

If she was selling illegal substances, wouldn't she be in jail right now? I have seen no mention of a bond from any side of this story. As it stands to us readers, they couldn't hold her, because they didn't find anything in their search. If the K2 did have something illegal in it's mix, then they would have to go after those who packaged it, not the store owner, correct? Also, they would need to take all sellers around town, not just hers, correct?

Sloan was busted with controlled substances. She has not been found to be so in the public's eye.

Jeteras 8 years, 4 months ago

when you do something that is questionable or on the edge of a knifeblade within the law its open season.. Another "what is your intention" DUH factor ordeal. Hey lets mimic something illegal and see if it raises flags! Smoke it in your home and keep your mouth shut about it,, dont parade it in a shop,, like HEY lookie what we have!!!

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 4 months ago

This might be worth a look see.......or not.

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 4 months ago

Scared Journey store owners, this is not the first time the law people in "charge" in Kansas have attacked store owners. IF they cant get you on anything they will try to make something up and see if you'll take a plea deal.......

*Note the yellow house case has been going on since Dec 2005...... There still is no trial date.

I wonder how much tax payers money has been wasted and how much more money is going to be wasted.......

BigPrune 8 years, 4 months ago

I saw Dr. Drew on the TV and he said that the majority of people who smoke marijuana suffer from bipolar disorder.

Are there any legal "natural" lithium type supplements this crowd can take? That's what this lady should be researching instead of protesting, a replacement herb for her strung out addicted customer base.

BruceWayne 8 years, 4 months ago

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croutons 8 years, 4 months ago

I don't see the point in debating the K2 bill anymore if it is just going to be seized anyway. Why waste time with all the red tape?

Sharon Aikins 8 years, 4 months ago

Can't really believe that the only reason they raided this store and warehouse was because of K2. Was there perhaps something else being distributed or sold there that wasn't so legal?

Steve Jacob 8 years, 4 months ago

I'd feel dumb going to a protest if the facts come out later and they where selling illegal stuff.

Jcjayhawk1 8 years, 4 months ago

This is the biggest crock of BS ever. She was not arrested or charged with anything. She can't control what her supplier has in his warehouse. The Feds would have put her in jail within 2 seconds of confirming any illegal substances. They have cost this business owner a lot of money. Not to mention any returned checks and other debits that were most likely pending withdraw. The fees will cost her even more. I hope she sues and wins. The agents involved should lose their jobs.

Cigarettes & alcohol kill 500k people a year and these morons are worried about K2. Fools! They are wasting so much time and money....oh and cutting education funds.

blackfox 8 years, 4 months ago

SUE SUE SUE!! This has big brother written all over it. If something isnt illegal, they have no right to search. The FDA needs to stay out of stuff. They have such a huge agenda to get all americans hooked on persription meds thats why they cant let things like go. If the FDA says its ok, well you can do what every you want with it. But if its ANYTHING natural, its bad. Look at Zicam. It a homopathic drug and it gets recalled. Just another bunch of big brother B.S!!!

OutlawJHawk 8 years, 4 months ago

The Feds will find a way to get her. There is no such thing as due process or search and seizure laws. The way law enforcement and the judicial system works today is a sham. They take action first, freeze your assets so you cant afford a good attorney, and then start trying to find a crime or law you have broken. It is one giant game that THEY control. The worst part about it is they are using her tax dollars to get her. What a pathetic irony.

Randall Uhrich 8 years, 4 months ago

This is what happens when you let right-wing conservative redneck rethuglicans run the government. Heil, corporate america! Get ready for more and worse in the future.

Cooky_the_Cook 8 years, 4 months ago

The big cacti under grow lights in the photo are San Pedro cacti. They have a higher mescaline content than peyote. Peyote is illegal, but San Pedro is a common ornamental species, so you can buy it without much hassle. However, if you take that San Pedro cactus home and extract the alkaloids, then you have just manufactured a controlled substance. Sacred Journey sells psychedelic drugs to the public, so they should not be surprised when they get hassled by the Man.

watchinmyback 8 years, 4 months ago

First off, I am not surprised that the government acted in such a way that makes them look even more like a$$holes. I understand that K2 is going to be illegal, I get that, but how can you confiscate something that is not yet illegal. It may be illegal tomorrow, but it is not today, so why in the hell can I not have it today if it is not illegal until tomorrow.

second marijuana should be legal, if it was the questionable K2 would not exist and this situation would have never arose. I smoke marijuana and I also drink alcohol, and I am here to tell all of you anti-marijuana advocates that it is ridiculous that marijuana is illegal. Seriously someone tell me why. How many college kids do you hear about pledging their fraternity and dying from an overdose of marijuana, zero. How many kids do you hear of dying each year from alcohol poisoning? I assure you that answer is not zero. Hell if you are sick and take to much Tylenol and mix it with alcohol that could be the last time you take Tylenol. I do not believe that marijuana is even a “drug” it is a flower that grows ah so natural. In my opinion drugs have a recipe. Hell alcohol has a recipe and it's legal. Marijuana is no where near as bad as the way anti-marijuana enthusiast's have labeled it. People can say that it is not safe, people will say whatever they want about it, but I will guarantee you that if you come home from work you can be comfortable in knowing that your kid won't die from “smoking weed,” but they very well could from a list of legal drugs you have in your house, hell they are more likely to get into your liquor cabinet get drunk and then think that it is a good idea to take mom and dads car for a spin with there friends and never come back, rather then being stoned and maybe eating your kitchen out of food instead. You choose. Buy some groceries or a pay for a funeral. Let's not even get started about the money the government could make off of marijuana. You can check for yourself, California has shops where it is legal to purchase marijuana with a medical card, you want to know how much they made in sales tax. I will tell you, now I am not certain if this was for 2008 or 2007, the state of California made 11 million dollars in sales tax alone off of legal marijuana sales. Sounds like some pretty good revenue off of something that is oh so terrible for you, and so bad you will go to jail if you get caught. In the meantime we will just continue to eat the safe fast food, drink soda and energy drinks that contain chemicals most of us can not even pronounce, and smoking cigarettes, all of which we all know are not safe even in moderation, but they are ok. We will just continue consuming things the government says is ok, then wash down a pill for diabetes with a coke. One more thing, how much money in sales tax would K2 have generated? May have been enough to keep all Lawrence schools open. Damn the irony.

staff04 8 years, 4 months ago

I love seeing the free-market capitalist crowd coming here and puffing their chests up with indignation about "strung-out" stoners...

Hypocrisy is a good color on you.

heybluekc 8 years, 4 months ago

Then why is California broke if its that easy?

texburgh 8 years, 4 months ago

What do you expect. We live in state controlled by the extremist wing of the republican party - the patriot act wing, the wing that wants access to your emails, your book purchases, your library card, the wing that is working to ensure you can't get health care unless you are rich.

She speaks out against legislation by which Derek Schmidt plans to define his run for AG and is then surprised that her store is raided and accounts frozen?

And if she thinks it's bad now, wait til we have Gov. Brownback, AG Schmidt, Sec of State Kobach, and the rest of the brownshirts in every office.

SLOPOKE 8 years, 4 months ago

Round 2 of Bush Administration- Attorney Gen. Ashcroft's set up on TOMMY CHONG'S Glass pipe, STING..Attorney Assgroch's appointment of east coast judge,is on a roll, in the war on grime.Just another right taken from the people under the Patriate ACT. JUST THE BEGINING OF WHAT IS IN STORE FOR US !!

watchinmyback 8 years, 4 months ago

I did not say that it was that easy,and yes California is broke as is most every state is in some financial turmoil. I was simply making the comment that there was a lot of money brought in for the government to spend due to the sale of marijuana.

emptymind 8 years, 4 months ago

This is such a ridiculos argument since K2 is completely legal. Big Brother at his finest hour....again

I hope she sues their badges off!

kansasredlegs 8 years, 4 months ago

How come no one has commented on the smiling, grinning law enforcement woman in the photograph. It sums up how ridiculous this whole thing is. She can't believe she is there either. If this were such a serious, protect the people from themselves matter, then there would be no grinning and snickering going on

watchinmyback 8 years, 4 months ago

@emptymind & kansasredlegs, you guys are absolutely right, could not agree more

SLOPOKE 8 years, 4 months ago

Blue KC-----I never implied that i was a college grad.,and my spelling is'nt always correct, but if Patriot is all you found ,spelled wrong, then u might look at Assgroch,and grime,you might then understand more about what i was saying..

RFent 8 years, 4 months ago

"Money is the root of all evil", though a tired cliche, is the place to start with all of the folly here. Back when we started the American Rights Foundation and Festival in Douglas county, we covered all this stuff TO DEATH! As evidenced by well over a dozen medical marijuana laws being enacted in other states, change is coming at last. However, Gail Finney can't do it alone and we need to applaud her efforts to get medical legislation passed in Kansas. She has alot of courage and compassion to even try such a move in this part of the country. For all of you who wonder what the heck is going on in the world right now, check out the Zeitgiest movement online. The world owes comical amounts of money to itself, and nothing less than a resource-based economy will allow a future. They do not propose a Utopia, but rather an entirely new way of using our technologies and resources. Money isn't real. Check it out!

audibleangel 8 years, 4 months ago

kansasredlegs... i'm pretty sure that 'officer' you see is one of the women that works/manages the place. do you see a uniform on her?

if you've got LSD and illegal/hallucinative toads all conveniently located in a warehouse, assume you're screwed, little you can do to defend yourself there. frankly i find it a bit stupid that they made an effort to 'open eyes' of local law enforcement/city officials to the matter, and expected not to be shut down/raided.. it may not be illegal yet, but was it the DEA that came in and seized it? no, twas the FDA, so it seems to me its less of a matter of the substances legality, more about its possible and unknown effects on the health of consumers.

this is all stupid, people would not have to find these synthetic circumventions of the law to emulate marijuana highs... if not for historic timber industry competition. the scapegoat of the dissociative family. how can you take cannabis, the most natural of all 'substances' and turn it into something that people can overdose on? might regular k2 buyers eventually resort to the chemical which makes it that (JWH-073, JWH-018) instead of the 'herbal' mixture we've seen sold in stores? is it addictive? why risk buying, or fighting, for something we know nothing about?

I_AM_AN_ANARCHIST 8 years, 4 months ago

A) do you really think she would be allowed in the store while they were raiding it if she worked there.

B) If she worked there do you really think she would be smiling

One thing that people might be interested in is that they took morning glory seed.

To all the people on here bad mouthing the owner and saying she should have expected it. Do we really trust the nameless government agents who come to our town and confiscate goods that they have not shown to anyone in this town including the media to be illegal, or do we trust the people that own the businesses in our town that we can go talk to, confront, congratulate, and most of all have a relationship with.

Doug Fisher 8 years, 4 months ago

Funny how uptight Kansas folks and law enforcement are. Here in Denver, pot is pretty much legal and they are opening dispensaries all over the place. Wouldn't happen in a million years in KS. It's about to get worse when Sam Brownback becomes the new governor. Glad I got out when the going was good!

Kyle Chandler 8 years, 4 months ago

California was already 'broke'

the sooner Kansas adopts Colorado's strategy, the better.

audibleangel 8 years, 4 months ago

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Gadfly 8 years, 4 months ago

The Free State? Fascism at it's finest.

SLOPOKE 8 years, 4 months ago

heybluekc-the subect is K-2--Not a spelling contest.....

29A 8 years, 4 months ago

Best thing to do is hire a good lawyer, protest. I wish I could come to the rally but my truck is running on its last limb.

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