By Jeff Lehr
Recent retail availability in Joplin of a legal synthetic form of marijuana, known as K2, appears to be shrinking in the face of a possible government crackdown.
K2, or Spice as it is most often called, has been available in recent months at some tobacco stores and at least one head shop in Joplin. But local retailers now seem to be voluntarily discontinuing sales.
The product, a mix of herbs and spices sprayed with a synthetic compound similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, has been commonly sold as incense. But buyers have been smoking it to obtain a high similar to marijuana.
Kelly Maddy, president of the Joplin Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said the herbs and spices in a package of K2 are not what get smokers high. It’s the chemical with which they are treated.
“It’s not a natural (cannabinoid) like marijuana,” Maddy said. “It’s a research chemical.”
The chemical interacts with receptors in the brain in a manner similar to THC. But K2 users test clean for THC, making it appealing to some people who face drug tests in the workplace or others on court-ordered probation, Maddy said.
He said some people who have tried K2 tell him that it differs from marijuana in at least two respects. The high lasts just 15 to 30 minutes. Maddy said K2 users also have reported experiencing feelings of anxiety and paranoia that they associate with first-time use of marijuana; such feelings tend to disappear with repeated use of pot.
K2’s ingredients are not yet regulated in the U.S., although they are banned in Europe.
The popularity of K2 use in the Joplin area remains open to debate.
By Jeff Lehr
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Longtime Democrat dies at 81
Sapp, 81, died Thursday. Funeral services were Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Joplin. A longtime Jasper County Democratic committeewoman and volunteer, Sapp for years was secretary to the county’s central committee.
PART TWO: Joplin City Council report documents continued
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. Documents are converted for digital viewing.
The amount of documentation we received is extensive, and testimonies are continued here.
PART ONE: Joplin Globe receives copy of investigation named in court order
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. As documents are converted for digital viewing, they will be uploaded here.
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Joplin voters reject all three charter changes
The changes were placed on the ballot by the City Council acting upon recommendations by a Charter Review Commission that met last fall.
Three incumbents returned to Carl Junction posts
Voters in the Carl Junction area on Tuesday decided leadership positions on the Carl Junction School Board and City Council.
Two new faces, one incumbent win Joplin School Board seats
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City voters in Jasper and Newton counties cast 3,835 "no" votes and 3,466 "yes" votes on the issue, according to complete but unofficial results.
Council votes to waive appeal of court order, release full investigation
The Joplin City Council voted 6-3 Thursday night to waive an appeal of Judge David Mouton's ruling ordering the city to disclose the Rohr report and witness testimony in a controversial council investigation.
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