Some call it legal marijuana and new types are popping up all over the state. Kansas banned K2 in February, now a drug known as K3 is being sold in creative ways.
Winter mint, dark cocoa and fruity pebbles; those are the scents or flavors of a very popular "herbal potpourri" made in Salina.
"Customers are demanding it, I can't keep it on the shelves...it sells fast," said Eric Srack.
It says on the label "not for human consumption" but Srack admits about 90% of his customers misuse his potpourri, meaning they smoke it.
Srack owns "The Grind" in downtown Salina. He sells stereos, coffee and this herbal potpourri and he says it's intended to be used as just that.
"It's made like a potpourri, it smells like a potpourri, it looks like a potpourri and I have had come in and buy it just to use it as potpourri," Srack said.
It's a synthetic drug of sorts, also known as herbal incense, spice, or even K3. When smoked it has similar effects to marijuana.
"There's rose petals, dandelions, lotus, lavender...mixing the herbs takes time, you want it to be pretty because it's potpourri," he said
He starts with herbs he buys locally, combing it with a powder he buys over the Internet.
"Then you just dry it out," Srack says.
It's the powder police are concerned with; they say there's no telling what it actually is.
"The KBI has samples of it and are analyzing it to find out what it is and if it's legal or not," said Carson Mansfield with the Salina Police Department.
But until the State makes it illegal, police say there is not much they can do. And Srack's store this isn't the only place that sells it, K-3 is quickly becoming the drug of choice for many in rural Kansas.
So while he admits his potpourri business may be sketchy at best, he says it's a product in demand, a way completely legal way to make a living.
"Whatever we can sell to make rent, that's what we've got to do," Srack said.
Srack says this type of drug is popular because it's legal and won't show up on any drug tests. He says nobody even knows how to test for it and that there is no way the state can keep up with all of these new drugs.
May 27, 2010
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