A store owner in Arkansas tried to get around the ban on K2 by selling his own concoction, and got arrested after selling to undercover cops.
Sykes spoke exclusively to 40/29 News about his arrest. He called the situation a misunderstanding.
"My understanding was that the law or the health bill said you could no longer sell K2," Sykes said. "K2 is a brand name."
Sykes said he based his understanding on a printout he found on the Arkansas Board of Health's website.
A visit to the agency's website turned up a three page document talking about the decision to ban synthetic marijuana. Page one states, "Synthetic marijuana products marketed under names such as K2 , Spice, Genie, Blaze, Red X, Dawn and Zohia commonly contain the substances JWH-018 and JWH-073." The document goes on to state, "The purpose of this rule is to prohibit the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana products in Arkansas."
Grubbs said Sykes was mixing K2 with similar products and making his own concoction.
"By changing the formula that was in K2, I just like other manufacturers manufactured a new brand," Sykes said.
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