K2 Debate

Lawrence was a focal point for the debate in the Statehouse about banning the active ingredient in an herbal substance known as K2.
In November 2009, law enforcement from Johnson County began speaking out against K2, which some say produces a marijuana-like high when smoked. K2 was sold at the Lawrence store Sacred Journey.
After prompting from law enforcement, including Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern, bills that banned the ingredients in K2, described as "synthetic cannabinoids," were approved by the Kansas Legislature and signed by the governor.

Federal officials again raid Lawrence store at center of K2 controversy
Sacred Journey closes for most of day
01:46 p.m., June 10, 2010 Updated 08:08 p.m.
Law enforcement officials have again raided a downtown Lawrence store that was once at the center of the K2 controversy.
Video: Charges dismissed in local K2 case

Criminal charges against a Lawrence man at the center of a K2 controversy were dismissed Monday. The man's company Web site says the company is back in business. Watch »

Video: K2 chemicals officially illegal in Kansas

The chemicals in K2 have officially been deemed illegal by Kansas state officials. Watch »

Video: Bill aimed at banning compounds in K2 advances once more

Both the House and Senate have approved bills aimed at taking K2 off the shelves but on Wednesday the Senate Public Health and Welfare approved the House version because it also included making an additional substance illegal. Watch »

Video: 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. Watch »

Video: Lawrence store shut down for federal raid

Sacred Journey, a store on Massachusetts Street that sells the herbal mixture K2, was shut down Thursday while officers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Johnson County Sheriff's Office and Lawrence Police Department investigated. Watch »

More K2 Debate
Lawrence man sentenced to 7 years in synthetic marijuana case
05:08 p.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
A Lawrence man who helped create a global market for synthetic marijuana and other designer drugs was sentenced Monday to seven years in federal prison.
Local men at center of local ‘K2’ synthetic marijuana controversy brought up on federal drug charges
April 3, 2013
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.” By Shaun Hittle
Kansas, nation can’t always keep up with constantly changing synthetic drugs
September 2, 2012
In decades of long-distance drives through the Midwest, Gary Conti, a retired Oklahoma State University professor, has avoided his share of potential accidents. Like any driver with enough miles under his or her belt, Conti has had to swerve or stop to avoid a collision with a deer or another animal darting across the road. But it never had been a person.
Police efforts to combat synthetic drugs increasing
September 2, 2012
State and local law enforcement have recently taken on a larger role in seeking out manufacturers and distributors of synthetic drugs.
Leavenworth man charged with possessing synthetic marijuana
August 7, 2012
The manager of a Platte City shop has been charged with possession of the synthetic drug K-2.
Ban aimed at drug K2 extended by Drug Enforcement Administration
March 18, 2012
The Drug Enforcement Administration has extended a ban for six months on five chemicals found in the smokeable herbal blend known as “K2” or “Spice.”
Statehouse Live: Gov. Sam Brownback signs into law bill to improve 911 call centers, ‘bath salts’ ban
May 18, 2011
The new law imposes a 911 fee of 53 cents per month on each land line and cell phone.
Synthetic drugs such as K2 send thousands to ER
April 7, 2011
Until he tried a marijuana look-alike product called “K2,” David Rozga’s most dubious decision was getting a Green Bay Packers tattoo on his shoulder.
Criminal charges re-filed against Lawrence man at center of K2 case
January 6, 2011
Jefferson County Attorney Caleb Stegall has re-filed criminal charges against a Lawrence man who owns a botanical plant distribution warehouse that has been at the center of the state’s K2 controversy.
Substance similar to K2 proving popular in area states; law officers say they’re not seeing it in Lawrence
Local store owners, law enforcement haven’t seen the substitutes yet
September 17, 2010
“K2” is back. Well, kind of. The smokable synthetic substance that produces a marijuana-like high was outlawed in Kansas and a dozen other states this year. But crafty chemists have been able to alter the chemical components enough to create legal substitutes, which go by such names as “Heaven Scent,” “K3” or “Syn.”
Lawmakers nationally taking a look at legislation to regulate K2
February 17, 2010
There may be nothing like the real thing, but some industrious marijuana users have seized on an obscure but easily accessible substance that mimics the drug’s effects on the brain—creating a popular trade in legal dope that has stymied law enforcement authoritiesThe users are buying a product known as K2 — or “Spice,” Genie” and “Zohai” — that is commonly sold in headshops as incense.