Fake Marijuana In Tulsa


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Updated: 2/16/2010 2:16 pm Published: 2/15/2010 5:17 pm


The herb looks like marijuana and it’s been reported to have a similar high as the illegal drug.

It’s called K2 which is known to many as fake pot. It used to be sold in one Tulsa specialty shop but not anymore.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford investigates into this legal but controversial substance.

It’s a leafy-green herb that sells as herbal incense.

FOX23 checked with local specialty shops to see if they sell the synthetic herb.

At Sassy’s on Charles Page Boulevard the clerk told FOX23 the store used to sell K2 but does not anymore because it was not a good product.

However, the Sergeant for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force says when he called Sassy’s near 16th & Memorial Drive on the phone the clerk told him they sold K2.

When he arrived to buy the dried herb it wasn’t available but another similar substance was for sale.

"They said they didn't sell K2 anymore but now they sell a brand called "Ganga" that works just like K2. We spoke to the clerk and said that word on the street is it's hot and they are already sold out," says Sgt. Bob Darby.

The word “Ganga” is known to be slang for marijuana.

The same herbal product was also offered to a FOX23 photographer who went to the Sassy’s near 11th & Harvard went inside the store unidentified.

"They aren't carrying it. They ran out. They are not going to carry it because it's becoming illegal they said. But they said I should try the “Ganga” because a lot of people say it's better,” says Dave Vandever. “They were sold out."

However, a shipment is expected soon and only then will drug officers know what Ganga” users are really smoking and if it’s perfectly legal.

FOX23 also stopped at Starship Records and Oz unidentified. The stores told FOX23 they do not sell K2.

It’s the amount of THC that is found in marijuana that makes it illegal. Researchers say THC has not been found in K2.

However, Kansas lawmakers say two potent chemicals found in K2 should be illegal. They are the first state in the nation to spearhead the ban on K2. 

Researchers say there are two compounds found in K2 that are three time more potent than THC.

Scientists have synthesized some of marijuana’s properties and left the illegal THC out which has kept it legal.

Missouri lawmakers are considering banning the herbal incense too.

Currently, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs says it has alerted local schools organizations working with juveniles about the herb.

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office says it’s working with local school resource officers to find out if K2 is prevalent in schools.


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babs42 - 9/16/2011 5:45 PM
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People think this is just the most wonderful thing out there. I know for a fact that it is very damgerous. If smoked enough, the withdrawal effects can be overwhelming. I know this how - a family member of mine started smoking this JUNK and when he would come down became very irrate and uncontrolable. After time of being intoxicated with this, he became suicidale and tried to kill himself by crashing his car. DON'T LET THESE PEOPLE CONTINUE TO SELL THIS MESS. It could happen to anyone - the only difference is their loved one may not make it. I was blessed and he is alive.

the jerry18 - 7/20/2011 7:34 AM
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This is bullcrap you guys are just jealous... mrijuanna does not harm anyone or anything... HOw many deaths where reported with marijuanna huh..... If you think of one let me know......

hollybug80 - 3/30/2011 8:05 AM
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Hmmm. They don't care about the American public in the least. They started banning K2 and other incense products long before they actually started research on any possible side effects they may have. Please don't be fooled into thinking they care about our well-being. If that were so, they would just tear down the corrupt FDA and take out Big Pharma as they are the biggest toxin pushers! Provided there are age restrictions, if someone wants some k2 herb, who are you to tell them that they can't have it? If someone wants to, they will buy k2 smoke whether it's legal or not as that is what happens with anything else that is unjustly and ridiculously prohibited. K2 incense will be no different. Plus, the formulas are constantly changing. http://www.buyk2.com offers several products that are legal all over the world.

anewday23 - 3/29/2011 12:20 PM
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Hmmm. They don't care about the American public in the least. They started banning K2 and other herbal incense products long before they actually started research on any possible side effects they may have. Please don't be fooled into thinking they care about our well-being. If that were so, they would just tear down the corrupt FDA and take out Big Pharma as they are the biggest toxin pushers! Provided there are age restrictions, if someone wants some k2 herb, who are you to tell them that they can't have it? If someone wants to, they will buy k2 smoke whether it's legal or not as that is what happens with anything else that is unjustly and ridiculously prohibited. K2 incense will be no different. Plus, the formulas are constantly changing. http://www.herbalk2incense.com offers several products that are legal all over the world.

hollybug80 - 1/21/2011 9:39 AM
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Isn't it funny how you can go to the doctor and easily get a prescription for an endless amount of drugs that can lead to organ damage/failure or even death, yet the authorities are having a hissy fit over some fake weed. Okay, not funny. Infuriating. They waste so much time and money chasing stuff like this down. They are only adding to the huge overcrowding problem we currently have in American prisons. K2 incense has survived every ban thus far and you can buy k2 smoke products from these guys, http://www.k2incenseblend.com that aren't restricted by ANY current ban, so really, what exactly are they trying to achieve here???

anewday23 - 10/13/2010 8:10 AM
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I am praying for my friends. They were telling me about some sort of blueberry K2 incense so I googled it and found it on a scary long list of counterfeit stuff, http://www.k2-incense.com. It's worth checking out if you buy this or know someone who does. Stay safe.....

Golf4aliving - 3/10/2010 9:39 PM
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Slim jim, no marijuana is NOT addictive. But what is this we all hear about marijuana being the "gateway drug?" The only way marijuana is a gateway drug is that most marijuana smokers are in contact with more people that have to do with the "drug" world. Its non addictive and unlike most drugs your body doesnt grow immune to it causing you to consume more. Give me a break with all this nonsense.

Golf4aliving - 3/10/2010 9:31 PM
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This is an unbelievable story. Synthetic, synthetic, synthetic! Its not real! Is this what the news has come to? Geez, people get a grip on reality! First off, Marijuana itself should be decriminalized. They are NO reports EVER showing that marijuana has contributed to any deaths or illnesses. Are prisons are full because of people getting caught with it, meaning more taxes for all of us. If the real stuff isnt bad then why are we banning synthetic herb? Also, marijuana is a huge cash crop. In Canada alone over 7 billion dollars is generated from the marijuana business.

K8LYSMOM - 2/16/2010 5:47 PM
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LOL hahaha liberals? you crack me up slimjim,Just cause I know what a store sells doesn't make me a user... It makes me educated individual to have the knowledge of what a store sells, and who said I was familiar with "all the toys" I didn't say nothin about toys,where did you get that in your perverted mind...hummmm you seem to take things outa context, i didn't say kids doing drugs is garbage, I said be a good parent and watch your kids. You should apply for a job with this LIBERAL news company..LOL Just playin your "status" probably prohibits you from being within 500 feet of a public place where children are.Thank God... Oh no I made a reference to religion, I bet that will get ya goin too.

roadhunter - 2/16/2010 2:53 PM
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This is not new. Similar substances have been for sale online for a decade.
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