Legislature passes K2 ban

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February 16th, 2011

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Lincoln, NE – The Nebraska Legislature passed a bill to ban the controversial drug K2 Wednesday.

The packaging of the synthetic drug called K2. It's a legal substitute to marijuana that Nebraska legislators want to ban. (Photo courtesy K2incense.org)

The bill was introduced by Omaha Senator Beau McCoy, who said this legislation has been in a year in the making. K2 or “spice” as it is also called came under fire last year in Nebraska when the Omaha World Herald ran a story calling the drug a “scary, but legal high”. Shorty after, a man in Iowa died in an overdose involving K2. Toxicology reports stated K2 was also found in 17-year-old Robert Butler Jr., the shooter at the Millard South High School who killed one person and injured two others in January. McCoy said other states have banned some of the chemicals used to make K2, but drug manufacturers have been able to get around them.

“What the other 13 other states that have banned K2 have found out,” McCoy said, “is they can ban specific chemical compounds, and then manufacturers can change the molecular structure, and then all of a sudden their products can be legal again.”

K2 is a synthetic marijuana, labeled as incense, on its website and by retailers. It is illegal in the United Kingdom. Governor Dave Heineman is expected to sign the bill into law, and it should take effect immediately.

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