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.

Sacred Journey owner plans protest rally after K2 raid at her Lawrence business
FDA won’t discuss ongoing investigation
February 12, 2010
Business owner is raising awareness about the way she’s been treated by the government.
Lawrence man charged after Sacred Journey investigation
Jonathan Sloan charged with multiple counts of manufacturing, distributing controlled substances
02:01 p.m., February 5, 2010 Updated 08:04 p.m.
A Lawrence man was charged with multiple drug offenses Friday after an investigation into Lawrence’s Sacred Journey store and Bouncing Bear Botanicals, another business with a Lawrence mailing address.
Lawrence’s Sacred Journey closed, under investigation by federal officials
Store has been the center of K2 sales in the area
11:37 a.m., February 4, 2010 Updated 04:49 p.m.
Lawrence’s Sacred Journey — a store at the center of the K2 controversy in Kansas — was shut down on Thursday, while a federal raid was conducted inside the business.
House gives final approval to bill to ban K2
February 3, 2010
A bill aimed at stopping the spread of synthetic marijuana won the Kansas House’s approval Wednesday, as legislators move quickly to enact what they believe is the nation’s first ban on altered herbs sometimes known as “K2” or “Spice.”
Ban on K2 advances in the House
11:55 a.m., February 2, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m.
The Legislature’s march to snuff out K2 continued Tuesday, as the House gave preliminary approval to make illegal the chemicals in the herbal mixture that some say creates a marijuana-like high.
Woman says K2 eases pain from chronic illness
03:24 p.m., January 25, 2010 Updated 04:26 p.m.
House committee recommends approval of bill aimed at banning herbal mixture
Senate approves bill to ban sale of K2
Francisco attempts to send bill on herbal mixture back to panel
05:06 p.m., January 21, 2010 Updated 05:30 p.m.
The Kansas Senate has approved a ban on synthetic drugs that produce effects similar to those of marijuana.
K2 proponents urge lawmakers to think twice before banning marijuana-like substance
Senate poised to consider bill among first acts of the session
January 19, 2010
Users and sellers of K2 pushed back Tuesday on attempts to ban the chemicals in the herbal mixture that some say produces a marijuana-like high.
Coalition calls for further study before legislators ban K2
January 18, 2010
A group has called for more research into the effects of a product that is sold as incense but one that some say produces a marijuana-like high when smoked.
Move to ban K2 heightens buzz
January 18, 2010
Customers trying to buy the herbal mixture K2 left the local store Sacred Journey empty-handed Friday morning.
Committee approves making K2 chemicals illegal
Committee endorses measure to outlaw high-inducing mixture
02:49 p.m., January 13, 2010 Updated 04:33 p.m.
A Senate committee Wednesday quickly recommended approval of a bill to make illegal the allegedly high-inducing chemicals in a herbal mixture called K2.
Legislator, law enforcement officials call for end to K2
01:56 p.m., January 11, 2010 Updated 03:06 p.m.
House bill would make herbal mixture illegal.
Statehouse Live: Legislator to propose regulations on K2
09:00 p.m., January 10, 2010 Updated 09:00 p.m.
Herbal mixture has drawn the ire of law enforcement.
New, legal, drug has law enforcement concerned — and it’s already on a Lawrence store’s shelves
Legal substance prevalent in county, health official says
November 4, 2009
It’s not marijuana, but some local law enforcement officials say K2 is very similar. It’s a legal, smokable herbal mixture moving across the nation and its already available in Lawrence.