GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The war on drugs rages on as synthetic alternatives continue to flood the market.On Thursday, Governor John Hickenlooper took a stand against marijuana alternatives by banning drugs like K2, Spice, and Blaze. That law is effective on July 1, 2011. But, there is no shortage of other problems as overseas manufactures try stay one step ahead of the law.
Rodger Seratt is a strapping 61-year-old entrepreneur from southern Missouri who, for the past three years, has earned a “decent living” supplying retailers near his hometown of Naylor with products marketed as incense and bath salts but commonly used to achieve highs similar to those of marijuana and cocaine.
Narcotics officers scoured the county for a slew of recently criminalized drugs, finding a cache of the illicit substances in an unnamed store.
The newly-banned chemicals are sold under innocuous-sounding names — bath salts and K2 — with brand names that are equally unalarming, such as White Rhino, Mr. Nice Guy and Super Kush. They even brand themselves as incense with warning labels advising customers they are not for human consumption.