As of Saturday, Aug. 28, the substance popularly known as K2 became illegal in Missouri, under House Bill 1472. Missouri is the fifth state in the nation to make the sale or possession of K2 illegal. K2 is a mixture of dried herbs that is sprayed with a synthetic substance similar to the active ingredient in marijuana. Our Crime Lab is working now to develop a field test for it.
The penalties for selling or possessing K2 are now the same as selling or possessing marijuana - a class A misdemeanor for possessing less than 35 grams (punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine); or a Class C felony for possession of 35 grams or more (punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $5,000 fine).
The law adds K2 to a list of controlled substances under Schedule 1, which are "classified as having a high potential for abuse and having no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or lacking accepted safe use in treatment under medical supervision," according to state statute.
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