Debate Begins for Bill Aimed at Getting Rid of Synthetic Drugs
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska
lawmakers are debating a bill that would ban chemicals used in
synthetic drugs, which mimic the effects of substances like
methamphetamine and Ecstasy.
Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha presented the bill to lawmakers on Thursday.
outlawed some synthetic drugs, including K2 and bath salts, in 2011 and
2012. But McCoy says drug manufacturers have changed their chemical
formulas to skirt drug laws. Newer generations of the drugs are legal
and can be bought online or in hemp shops.
Lawmakers approved a
technical change to the bill on Thursday but did not advance the measure
itself. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha raised concerns that the bill was
too broad, saying it could unintentionally outlaw chemicals that have
other useful purposes.