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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Kansas politicians fight herbal highs

Once again the guardians of “our freedom” to get sick from our health care system are now worried about our mental health as a new herb called K2 is showing up in head shops.

According to The Wichita Eagle:

“Kansas City-area police confirm that little bags of dried herbs are starting to pop up among teens and young adults.
State Rep. Peggy Mast is considering trying to outlaw the substance.
The risks of smoking the substance are unknown, and some European countries already have moved to ban it.
Johnson County police first discovered the drug was being used by ex-convicts on probation and now they're seeing it in high schools.
The Sacred Journey, a botanical store in Lawrence, sells K2, and it's available online. Other brands go by the names Spice, Genie and Zohai
"It is new on the scene here," said Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Erickson. "It's just been a few weeks since we found out it was being sold locally."

And of course out legislators who have nothing else important to spend their time on are determined to stamp this product out. Not only that, they are trying to find a way to make any herb that alters people’s consciousness in any way is outlawed.

Again from The Eagle:

“Mast, an Emporia Republican, heard about K2 from The Kansas City Star.
"I would be very happy to sponsor a bill to make this illegal," Mast said.
Mast sponsored legislation a few years ago that outlawed the hallucinogenic plants jimson weed and salvia divinorum.”

Mast has also said she want s to look at all legal herbs. Jimson weed is used in a number of religions, including Druids, and many Indian shamans. Banning this is an assault on non-Christian religions. Alcohol is legal, yet anything else that can alter consciousness is banned. The excuse is that it targets children, but that isn’t really true. Most people who buy these things legally are adults. Once again, the protestant and puritanical influences trump all other religious and non puritan beliefs.
Soon we will be plagued by the garden police, spending countless hours and tax dollars checking to see what people have in their gardens.

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