A grieving father has joined the Attorney General in the fight to crackdown on synthetic marijuana.
Steve Tucker of Greenwood said his son, Billy, fell victim to K-2, a mixture of plant material coated with synthetic marijuana to skirt state drug laws.
It’s not harmless, according to Tucker.
“This is a killer and it’s changing so rapidly it’s hard to get in front of it,” Tucker stated during a news conference held by Attorney General Jon Bruning. “We’re behind the barrel on this one.”
Legislation proposed for this year would expand the definition of synthetic marijuana. Supporters hope the definition will be broad enough to keep manufacturers from getting around the law, but not so broad as to be ruled unconstitutional.
Billy Tucker was 18 when he died after using K2 in October of last year.
Tucker claimed K-2 has become the new gold for youth.
“It’s legal to get a hold of. They can’t get in trouble if they’re caught (with it). The only time they get in trouble is if they have ingested it,” according to Tucker. “It’s gold.”
The legislation being backed by Attorney General Jon Bruning would update laws passed in 2011 and 2013. It is part of Bruning’s package of bills he would like passed in the 2014 legislative session.
Tucker said since no one knows what ingredients are in the drug, no one knows how to treat the victim.
“How do you treat them? You go to the hospital. You don’t know what’s in the substance. They only way you do is if you pull blood. It has to go to a lab; takes time. We don’t have time. We don’t have that time. So, we’ve got to act now.”