Attorney General Targets K2

By: Jacki Ochoa Email
By: Jacki Ochoa Email

Putting a stop to K2 sales is among the items on Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning’s radar as we head into this year’s legislative session.

The synthetic drug mimics marijuana but it can be deadly. State Senator Ken Schilz will spearhead the effort for Bruning on the floor of the legislature.

As state senators wrestle with the law books, a father who lives in the shadow of the capitol continues to raise awareness of how devastating K2 can be. Steve Tucker’s son Billy, an 18-year-old senior at Ashland-Greenwood High School, died last October when he tried K2 for the first time.

Steve Tucker recently organized a forum to help prevent future deaths from the drug and he spoke about it on Tuesday.

“We're going to scare all of these people that are selling this stuff, distributing it, and scare the heck of them where they don't want to touch it, you know. Make it the one item they do not touch, don't go near. Make it that apple that Adam wasn't supposed to touch, you know?"

Omaha Police say it is legal to sell K2 in Nebraska. Makers of the drug alter it and sell it under different names, though it does look very similar to marijuana.

Senator Schilz is expected to propose a ban on a new form of K2.

Other items on the attorney general’s priority list this year include a bill to protect consumers and small businesses from patent troll harassment; a proposal to create offenses for knowingly soliciting child pornography and a plan to define harassment and stalking and protect victims of sexual assault by clarifying rules of evidence regarding a perpetrator’s out-of-state offenses.

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