A rash of problems with synthetic marijuana in Lincoln has prompted a state senator to re-double his efforts to ban K-2.
Lincoln police, paramedics, and hospital personnel have been coping with more than 100 cases of young people over-dosing on K-2 the past two weeks.
The problem has the attention of state lawmakers.
Sen. Matt Williams of Gothenburg says the legislature has to act.
“I’m just appalled that we have people who are profiting from selling dangerous products like K-2 to our young people,” Williams tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
The Unicameral has addressed the problem in the past, approving legislation to make K-2 illegal.
Williams says those legislative efforts have been frustrated by dealers who simply alter the chemicals used to manufacturer synthetic marijuana to skirt the law.
“That continues to be the Catch 22 with this, we can update the chemical compositions, but the chemists that are designing these products try to stay one step ahead,” according to Williams.
Lincoln fire officials report paramedics handled 22 cases of youth over-dosing on synthetic marijuana this past weekend.
K-2 or spice is normally delivered as a plant with harmful chemicals sprayed on to provide the same high as found in marijuana. K-2 can be sold legally as long as it is labeled “not fit for human consumption,” though it becomes illegal if a person smokes it.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.