K2, Bath Salts Wholesaler Sues Missouri Over Laws Making Drugs Illegal

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Rodger Seratt stands strong in his opposition to laws against synthetic cannabis and cocaine.
Rodger Seratt is a strapping 61-year-old entrepreneur from southern Missouri who, for the past three years, has earned a "decent living" supplying retailers near his hometown of Naylor with products marketed as incense and bath salts but commonly used to achieve highs similar to those of marijuana and cocaine.

Last year Missouri passed a law that was supposed to drive Seratt out of business by banning the sale of these synthetic drugs. Drug makers, however, just tweaked the chemical makeup of their products to get around the legislation. Now, a new bill passed last month (and awaiting signature on the governor's desk) would end the cat-and-mouse game.

House Bill 641 bans any derivative of a controlled substance and makes it illegal to sell synthetic drugs (sold under names such as K2, Spice and Ivory Wave) that are labeled "not for human consumption" when everyone know that the products are intended just for that.

In Seratt's mind, the proposed new law goes to far. In a lawsuit he filed this week in federal court, Seratt argues that Missouri must also outlaw gasoline, cooking spray and glue if it plans to go ahead and ban his products.

"Those are all things that you can misuse to get high," he says. Seratt's lawsuit further argues that Missouri's new legislation would deprive him of his job and trample his civil rights by prohibiting him from selling a product that's still legal elsewhere in the United States.

Daily RFT caught up with Seratt yesterday just after he delivered a copy of his lawsuit to the office of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

Daily RFT: You're representing yourself in this suit. What finally pushed you to mount a legal challenge?

Seratt: Nobody else was stepping up. So I stepped up hard, and I'm here to stay. I don't have the funds to hire a lawyer to fight the state. I'm 61 years old, and I've made my living selling this stuff the last few years. I'm not looking for something else to do come August 28 when this law would go into effect. To me, it seems like they're singling me out, and I intend to fight them.

Wouldn't you agree, though, that these drugs have been found to have adverse effects on those who use them, especially with bath salts. We've read accounts of people dying from that drug.

Those people are abusing the products. They're not intended for human consumption. As I say in the lawsuit, if they're going to ban my products then they also need to ban gasoline, Pam, spray paint and glue. A lot more people abuse those things than what I'm selling. The abuse of bath salts, though, that does bother me a bit.

Yet you continue to sell them through your distributorship, Siera Citra. Why?

Because they're legal and there is a hell of a lot of money to be made doing this.

How much money?

I sell my products to stores for about $7.50 a unit. They turn around and sell it for $15. So right there, the retailer is doubling their money. I service about a dozen stores in southern Missouri and Illinois. They're mostly mom-and-pop operations -- liquor stores, corner stores. An average business will sell about $1,000 a week. A brisk business will do $6,000 to $8,000 dollars a week. As a wholesaler, I don't double my money the way the retailer does. But it's definitely profitable.

Who are your suppliers?

You can get it anywhere. Just punch it up online. You can get stuff from the U.S. and China.

Do you use and/or abuse these products yourself?


No. I don't do drugs. I may have a couple beers on Friday night but that's about it.

You seem like somewhat of an unlikely person to be caught up in the middle of this. How did you enter the business?

There's not much industry down here except maybe to work in the sawmills. I'm partially disabled, so I can't do that kind of work. And I can't sit around and die -- either. You could say that I believe in the American Way.

And the American Way is to sell harmful drugs to the people?

No. If this new law passes, I'll get out of the business the day before it goes into effect. But that's not going to stop people from getting these products. It's like Prohibition in the '30s or illegal drugs today. People who want these products are still going to find them. My argument is, let's be reasonable. Make them available to people over 21 or legal age. Then tax and regulate them. There's a lot of money the state could be making off this.
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P.S. Seratt also filed federal complaint this week in federal court in Missouri against the city of Marion, Illinois, for its local ordinance banning synthetic marijuana. That lawsuit has already been dismissed by the court.

Continue on to view a copy of Seratt's lawsuit against Missouri.
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montana
montana

My wife of 14 years has used this shit for one year and now she has bran damage from it . looks like ill have to leave her as she is not her no more . she has lost her mind    

parent who cares
parent who cares

Bath salts are very dangerous. Wow... $7.50? This guy is nothing but a loser. Wonder how many lives he would be willing to help put in jeopardy for $10.00 per unit. Shame on this IDIOT!

Parent who cares
Parent who cares

I read an article recently about a 30 something husband of two little girls who thought because this was sold in stores...it would be ok. He was missing over a weekend of using this. Wandering naked in the woods in womens underwear covered in the blood of a goat he stole from a local farmer and slaghtered on the bed in his master bedroom!!! Folks...this is the worst of the worst And its LEGAL?????!!!! Join me ...protect your youth and yourself and call the Attorney General and raise Holy hell!!!!7 You are as guilty as the user who does something horrifying while under the influence if "bath salt" (synrhetic paranoid schizophrenia) if you do not!!!!! You are in danger if you are around someone using this demic ca

carolyn
carolyn

Take a really good look at this man. That is the face of a man who is killing our children for his own financial gain.

Parent who cares
Parent who cares

Thank you for your comment here... These bath salts have ruined my Sons life. Im scared for his life because of them. This man is terrible.

Klhutman
Klhutman

Wow what a scumbag....basically making money off the misery of others and in some cases the death of a few. No respect here....any purveyor of death and sadness for the cause of making money pretty sad....sure glad I don't live in Missouri....what is it you guys say...Show Me How to Make a Buck off of Death!!!!

Caleb Jones
Caleb Jones

It appears that the k2 incense folks were switching out ingredients in their k2 herb blends once a specific ingredient was indeed banned. Lawmakers are now closing that loophole, but I'm sure this won't be the end of synthetic marijuana products. Even now, places like http://www.k2incenseblend.com have legal everywhere products. For as long as marijuana is prohibited, there will be a demand for a legal alternative.

Bill
Bill

As a fellow "Missourian" now living in N.C., i stand on the same ground as RODGER.You can fill in the blank, with a product or process that has potential for abuse.The idiots and dregs come out of the woodwork,it seems like, to cause themselves and others harm.IMO. i think it is great that an American in this society of "Sheeple" we've become to stand up against any form of government control!It doesn't matter what the product is, the point is BIG BROTHER is legislating you and others in industries out of a living.Go For IT RODGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Caleb Jones
Caleb Jones

It appears that the k2 incense folks were switching out ingredients in their k2 herb blends once a specific ingredient was indeed banned. Lawmakers are now closing that loophole, but I'm sure this won't be the end of synthetic marijuana products. Even now, places like http://www.k2incense.org have legal everywhere products. For as long as marijuana is prohibited, there will be a demand for a legal alternative.

Kae
Kae

By his statement alone, "I don't do drugs" shows he is fully aware this is used as a drug and not for anything else so don't insult our intellegence by trying to clump your product with gasoline, cooking sprays, glues or spray paints.  Yes, they do get abused by some idiots but overall they do have a purposeful use and not made specifically do be bought and used as a drug.  Look at the yearly statisics of deaths by any of those other products in just one state and then combine them and they won't come close to the amount of deaths that have resulted from his product.   And by the by, 29 states have already banned this drug and 10 more not including Missouri are in the process of making it an illegal product.  I only can hope that now taht you've given people a name and face to who sells these products knowingly, will band together and sue you for every dime you've managed to make off of the death of their loved ones.

whats my house worth
whats my house worth

Another advantage to incense is that it provides a much quicker effect than other air freshening methods, primarily because it is burnt, and smoke, by it's nature, tend to linger in the air much longer than a liquid air freshener. You needn't be concerned about your health being affected by the smoke, it's no more dangerous that barbecuing.

Bath Salt Supporter
Bath Salt Supporter

It's about time someone stands up to the crazed pubic, just because a few mentally challenged individuals do something stupid while using the bath salts they instantly start discussing how its so bad and ruining the youth. Yeah just like rock music ruined my generation. People need to stop looking for an easy escape goat for societies problems and start looking into what the root problems are. Because I guarantee gambling and drinking are responsible for many more deaths than bath salts. Even if they do pass the law there will be plenty of places to purchase it online. like getFREEspice.com. By the way the Ocean Burst Extreme Bath Salts they sell are amazing not so crazy you stay up all night, but just right to keep you going and feeing good when you need a little pick me up.

James Fisher
James Fisher

I used to get ninja spice from getFREEspice.com. It was awesome, but I thought they shut down. Looks like they are back up and running with a nice new site though. I think its funny how they don't even try to hide the fact people are using it to snort. They put pictures of chopped up lines right on the site.

lovenatural
lovenatural

The funny part about all of it is that he says his products are all natural. I know first hand that he's full of crap. His products are being used how he intended them, just go visit him. He's constantly 'taking a bath'. Infact his XXL-2 recipe can be found online, not so natural huh Rodger?

Chefjames52
Chefjames52

The suit is filed in such a manner that he has some type of legal knowledge. It reminds me of the days when I worked in law libraries while being incarcerated. I filed many briefs Pro Se. All I can say is good luck fighting the government!

Mike
Mike

The fact of the matter here is if a person is using a legal substance to get high, it then becomes illegal in that case. So yes cooking spray, gas, and paint all could be illegal if not used properly and getting "high" is not properly using them. Mr Seratt, if people would use your substance as it is intended, you would not be making any money at all. I am sorry I don't know this, but if these "Bath Salts" are not for human consumption, what is the intended use? Please don't insult us and say it's for bathing.

J Orion Wood
J Orion Wood

Ban it, someone will make something else to be banned.  This is a common theme with prohibition.  

Signed,

Meth-amphetamine, a product of the (extremely failed) war on drugs

Kelly
Kelly

This dude has balls the size of cantaloupes.  Much respect to him.

His lawsuit might even have a shot at getting the current law struck down.  However all they have to do is write another law with more specific wording.  All this shit is going to get banned eventually, but if he can delay it than he can profit off it.

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