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Local men at center of local ‘K2’ synthetic marijuana controversy brought up on federal drug charges

April 3, 2013


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Clark Sloan, left, of Tonganoxie, and his son Jonathan Sloan, right, of Lawrence and an owner of Bouncing Bear Botanicals, face numerous federal drug charges following an indictment filed April 3.

Clark Sloan, left, of Tonganoxie, and his son Jonathan Sloan, right, of Lawrence and an owner of Bouncing Bear Botanicals, face numerous federal drug charges following an indictment filed April 3.

A packet of K2, a synthetic marijuana-like product that was sold in Lawrence in 2009.

A packet of K2, a synthetic marijuana-like product that was sold in Lawrence in 2009.

A trio of Kansas men, including a father and son from Tonganoxie and Lawrence, were indicted Wednesday in federal court on a variety of drug charges related to the sale of the now-banned synthetic marijuana product known as "K2."

Jonathan Sloan, 32, of Lawrence; his father Clark Sloan, 54, of Tonganoxie; and Bradley Miller, 55, of Wichita, all face charges in the case, in which prosecutors allege the men made more than $3 million selling K2 and other synthetic compounds across the country.

Jonathan Sloan, who was co-owner of the Lawrence herbal store Persephone's Journey and operated Bouncing Bears Botanicals in Oskaloosa, was arrested along with his father in 2011 in Jefferson County on drug charges, but those charges were eventually dropped.

The indictment alleges that the three men conspired to mislabel and misbrand K2, marketing it as an "all natural" herbal mixture intended to be used as an incense. However, K2, and other similar substances by various names, contained synthetic chemicals and was produced without quality controls, according to the indictment. The product was also marketed as a smokeable substance.

Several of the charges carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison.

In 2009, the sale of K2 skyrocketed in Lawrence at the herbal store Persephone's Journey, which eventually changed its name to Sacred Journey. Lawmakers have banned the substances found in K2 several times since 2010.

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Louis White 5 years ago

Throw the book at 'em. These reprobates would have your kids on bath salts and run over on I-70 while hallucinating demons. There have been terrible repercussions already from smoking this synthetic pot garbage. A good scaring didn't even dissuade these two.

Tilprovenguilty 5 years ago

Oh they are scared alright. Scared of the system that when found nothing they reopen to try and make something up..."1st jury couldn't convict let try again", they say... with the 2 year old mug shots...Government Media.

Bob Forer 5 years ago

Shortly after an Indianola, Iowa teen committed suicide within an hour of smoking K2, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley authored legislation which was eventually passed rendering K2 illegal. The stuff mimics the effect of marijuana, but is said to be highly addictive and prone to causing psychotic episodes among certain users.

The crap certainly isn't healthy,. If marijuana were legal, you wouldn't have greedy and selfish individuals like this bunch trying to skirt the law by producing dangerous synthetic drugs with false claims that it is both legal and safe.

Tilprovenguilty 5 years ago

if marijuana were legal the authorities would be out of a job. A job that is filling those jails with so called criminals. Drink up your booze. How many lives has that taken or help to commit suicide?

Irenaku 5 years ago

Agreed. I don't know what is worse, the vacant look on the father's face, or the smirk on the son's face. Talk to your kids, people. This stuff is dangerous! A friend of mine is an ER nurse and she has had some horror stories to tell about kids who are rushed in after smoking this crap. I would also have to say that I am proud to have never set foot into that stupid Sacred Journey "Herbs" store. I remember when they were crying about their rights being violated after prosecution for selling this stuff...and a handful of them, including some moron wearing fox ears, did a "parade" down Mass street in protest. Seriously?

Liberty275 5 years ago

Prohibition is to blame. Who was the last person you heard of getting killed in a Scotch deal gone wrong or dying from drinking synthetic beer?

jonas_opines 5 years ago

For this once, I'm actually siding with Smitty. It is Very difficult to tell from this article if these two have actually been selling this stuff again, or if this is from the same actions they were charged with previously.

Beth Ennis 5 years ago

This is why we need to legalize marijuana. If MJ were legal, then there would be no need for the synthetic crap. As to blaming a parent, as much as some of us may try, there is no controlling your kids. You have to lead by example and even then, some kids will just fall off the path. You would hate to have the one time that they fall off be the last time due to something stupid like synthetic drugs that get them killed. These guys knew what there were doing was illegal, so I say they deserve whatever they are going to get.

MasterShake 5 years ago

I'm not sure, even with legalization, that we'll see the market for synthetic drugs vanish. People are chasing a stronger, better high constantly and even with the rapid increase in potency of weed, it's still not enough for a lot of users. It's either smoke more or find something more potent. That's the synthoid market.

Tilprovenguilty 5 years ago

travelinggeek, but it wasn't illegal at the time. That is why it is still going on. The "authorities" couldn't just say, " Hey! We are going to make this illegal. Stop Selling It" ~ Instead they Prematurely storm a building with gun drawn to find legal, sellable herbs and incense that they destroyed AND THEN Lets Make It Illegal. Well that doesn't fly in my book and should not fly in any other Americans book either.

tolawdjk 5 years ago

Wasn't the first charge related to mushrooms or frogs or soemthing?

bangaranggerg 5 years ago

Wake up people! Marijuana and anything that looks or tastes like it can KILL you and your children. It already kills millions of teens who OD every day all over the planet and the rest of AMERICA. #420NO

MarcoPogo 5 years ago

Be careful - people around here will think you're being serious.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

OMG! That would be me. I was thinking his post was totally serious until I read yours. Gullible ain't in it. Thanks Marco.

jonas_opines 5 years ago

What does . . . the marijuana . . . taste like?

fiddleback 5 years ago

I didn't know that Phil Donahue lived in Tongie... his hair actually looks better than I remembered, but a life of crime seems to have caused his neck to try to inhale his head...

Drugs are bad.

ksjayhawk74 5 years ago

The State of Kansas should fight against this dangerous synthetic marijuana by making a completely safe alternative available, actual marijuana.

tolawdjk 5 years ago

How do you know if it will kill you? remember this:

red and black, friend of Jack red and yellow, kill a fellow.

bad_dog 5 years ago

Got coral snakes in your K-2?

Tilprovenguilty 5 years ago

Those two are the nicest people you will meet. Still have done nothing wrong but the Media has you all fooled. And they will hang for doing NOTHING!!!

ottawaway 5 years ago

Does the paragraph that states these 2 were arrested in Franklin Co. in 2011, but charges were dropped supposed to say Jefferson Co. instead?

Shaun Hittle 5 years ago

Yes, thanks for the heads up.

Shaun Hittle Reporter LJW

ksjayhawk74 5 years ago

For anyone who doesn't think K2 is that dangerous. Here's a story about a young girl who ended up being taken off life support after the synthetic drug had killed 70% of her brain, leaving her like a vegetable that could no longer breath on her own, recognize anyone and be aware of her surroundings...

The terribly sad irony is that if she had been smoking real marijuana, she would be just fine right now. But she's dead.

Tilprovenguilty 5 years ago

For anyone who thinks this paper is reporting the ACTUAL news think again. This is a story to fuel the jury nothing more. Using old mug shots and trying to act like something is going on...Government Media.

gr 5 years ago

It sounds like people are implying this is a drug.

That this drug may cause one to get run over on I-70, commit suicide, become addicted, kill part of their brain.

Now what if there was a drug which does not only all that but also ruins families, kills others in auto crashes, damages your liver, and everyone just winks at it and say that's ok, go ahead and take it, and in fact even promote it?

Shouldn't something like that be banned?

Can you say, alcohol?

Liberty275 5 years ago

Alcohol should not be banned. More violence created by another black market is the last thing we need.

gr 5 years ago

So, you would be saying that violence is created by banning marijuana and K2. Therefore, since the black market exists, black markets are bad, we need to legalize marijuana and K2.

gr 5 years ago

It sounds like you gave the link to suggest the only reason Emily landed in the hospital was because marijuana was illegal and so she chose what she thought was legal.

gr 5 years ago

By the way, did you notice it wasn't until they stopped giving her drugs in the hospital that she started responding and recovering. Interesting, isn't it?

foxli 5 years ago

Heads up--you've got the name change switched around. It used to be Persephone's Journey, now it's Sacred Journey. Persephone doesn't live there anymore.

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