While some synthetic drugs are banned, the NBC2 Investigators uncovered others are still sold at local convenience stores – and they’re pretty easy to find.
Spice and K-2 – while there is no clear list of ingredients, we found stories and people willing to sell us plenty of it.
It’s completely legal and big money makers for those who sell it.
We found plenty of examples of how easily accessible the drug is to kids.
One gas station we stopped at didn’t sell it, but two people in line at the checkout counter offered us a phone number of a guy they claimed makes it himself and could sell it for a low as $5 a bag.
She says past efforts to ban the incense have failed.
“There are some formulas that are banned, and there are some formulas that are legal,” she said. “They change the formula and it’s marked ‘not for human consumption.'”
But some smoke shops, like the Purple Ringer, refuse to sell it at all – saying they don’t want to sell an unnatural product.
“We’ve had a lot of excellent merchants who have refused to sell them and we’re hoping we can involve the other merchants,” Comella said.