By: Kayla Bremer
As the Nebraska Legislature heats up over the laws surrounding synthetic marijuana known as K2, the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is having its own run–ins with the dangerous drug.
Sheriff Terry Wagner says there are several cases where parents have caught their kids with K2, some even turning in their own sons and daughters.
Just last week, a deputy was called by a desperate father of a 17–year–old girl after he found some of the synthetic marijuana in his daughter's clothes.
"This is just a good example of the problems certainly parents are facing dealing with kids who are smoking K2," Sheriff Wagner said.
The incident report says the girl admitted to the deputy she was high during the interview and is addicted to the drug and smokes it to deal with personal problems.
The family told officials the drug abuse is an ongoing problem and this wasn't their first attempt at getting help. The teenager has been through several treatment programs, including a 45–day rehab program in California but all were unsuccessful.
"I think this case really highlights the addictive nature of K2. She did admit at one point when she smoked K2 she had had a seizure so there are certainly some medical complications as we know."
Parents, law enforcement and politicians are working to stop the sale of the legal form of the synthetic marijuana.
Attorney General Jon Bruning included a bill in his legislative package that would make the definition of Nebraska's current ban a little more broad. That way more combinations of K2 will be illegal and harder to get a hold of especially in stores.
"It has to be tight enough to get the K2 synthetic cannabinoid, but broad enough that when they make a change in some atom on the end of the string of the chemical, you're able to catch it," Bruning said.
According to the police report, the girl says she buys packets of what's called "Bizzaro" at a local smoke shop.
She was cited for possession and released to her parents.