Everyone used to know who the stoner kids were. lol
Yeah but did everyone know a kid who could easily get them other drugs? Does everyone know how to get hold of research chemicals (which you typically have to get from overseas anyway)?
I think it's inevitable that at some point law enforcement somewhere will use SR as a honey-pot. That doesn't mean that SR started out that way, though. The one issue I see for users is that in many places buying locally wouldn't put them at significant legal risk - if they got caught they'd be looking at a minor possession charge or a caution. Once they're buying from overseas, though, the risk of importation charges arises and those tend to be more severe.