Updated: Feb 23
Why inmates are smoking k2 , Even Though it resembles weed, K2 is cheaper and easier to get than marijuana and you smuggle it in the same way," one prisoner tells The Fix. "The thing about it is, when you smoke it you won't get a dirty and the guards don't know what the fuck the smell is. They think its incense or something. The homies have been beating the urine tests and we smoke K2 every day." In prison the C/Os carry out random drug testing and urinalysis. If a prisoner gets a dirty, he can go to the hole for 60 days—as well as losing phone, commissary, visiting and email privileges for up to six months, and getting 41 good-time credit days taken away. That's some steep sanctions, giving some prisoners second thoughts about smoking marijuana. But they still want to get stoned, so they smoke K2: “The Department has seen a significant increase in contraband introduction over the last three years,” Florida Department of Corrections press secretary Patrick Manderfield told VICE News. “Synthetic drugs are relatively cheap, and inmates see it as a profitable form of contraband. Recipes are readily available online, and the department has intercepted homemade versions of it made with household chemicals through inmate mail.”
In Florida, all of the nearly 100,000 inmates had to watch an informational video warning of the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, which has now become mandatory viewing for all new inmates during intake procedures.
Oftentimes, K2 is just chemicals sprayed onto a plant substance and then marketed online or in head shops as potpourri or incense. According to Florida corrections officials, some of the K2 that’s been intercepted in prisons has contained household chemicals, including roach spray, acetone found in nail polish remover, and ammonia. And in April, Illinois public health officials found rat poison in a batch of synthetic cannabinoids linked to an outbreak of severe internal bleeding cases.
From March to the end of August, state health departments reported more than 267 cases of severe internal bleeding from synthetic cannabinoid use across 11 states, leading to seven deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
“When it first became popular, it was labelled as herbal incense, ordered online, or sold in colorful sachets in convenience stores,” Gerona said. “But starting in 2015, we saw an emergence of this middleman, who had their own illegal manufacturing sites. They’d buy bulk amounts of the drug from the internet, order the dried herbs, and spray it on themselves.”
(THIS IS SOME INFORMATION ON THE EPIDEMIC OF K2 SO OUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WILL KNOW THE DANGERS AND REASON 'S FOR THE USE . KEEP YOUR LOVED ONES IN PRAYER AND REMEMBER SUPPORT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE REHABILITATION PROCESS OF THE INMATE IN PRISON, FEDERAL OR JAIL LOCATIONS !!)