Consumer alert: Back in January, Daily Weekly observed that it was probably an exaggeration for other publications to call a California medical marijuana seller the "Amazon.com of Pot." The "Craigslist of Weed" seemed more accurate, based on the seller's marketing techniques. But, as Caleb Hannan noted, Amazon's pot moniker "may still one day find a proper, more literal, use. As soon as Jeff Bezos finds a way to sell the sticky-icky."
Which he has. OK, it's synthetic and legal pot, known as K2. But, in the words of one of many satisfied customers (apparently including pro athletes), "It is very comparable to some above average illegal smoke, just doesn't last as long. Still the effects are between an hour or two, so you can't ask for much more out of a legal herb blend. Keep up the good work and you guys have a customer for life or until it becomes illegal."
That comment's posted at PremiumBlendHerbal.com, which you can access through a sponsored link at Amazon.com, which also directly offers another fake weed brand, K2Herbal, on this Amazon sales page.
K2 - around $35 for three grams - is a herbal mix sprayed with a mysterious drug that, while legal, might be dangerous. Last month, a Midwest toxicologist told of nearly 30 cases of teens using the fake weed who experienced hallucinations, vomiting, elevated pulses, tremors and seizures. U.S. poison-control centers report getting more than 100 calls about K2. As pure weed smokers point out, it's safer to do the real stuff. "I trust marijuana," Craig X Rubin, pot-legalization advocate and marijuana consultant to the Showtime series, Weeds, told The Daily Beast. "I don't trust K2."
Others obviously disagree, including a Premium K2 customer who may have been smoking as he typed: "I have tryed many other herbal insence and this one is by far my fav." Said another: "Wow I took a smell and thought I took one smell 2 much...it really works."
The odor of approval is apparently given by customers mentioned in the manufacturers' message, as well: "We have been selling large quantities to US Soldiers in Iraq and around the world. We also have several NFL and MLB players as customers." But sales records are "kept 100% confidential."