LINCOLN — The newest generation of high-inducing “designer” chemicals would become illegal in Nebraska under a bill given first-round approval by lawmakers Monday.
Legislative Bill 298, which advanced on a 34-0 vote, has been dubbed “Tyler's Law.” It was named after Tyler Smith, a Bellevue West High School student who killed himself in September.
A packet of a cherry-flavored, synthetic marijuana was found in his pocket and two more in his car. His suicide followed a dramatic change in his behavior.
His parents, Kali and David Smith, have since become active in educating students about the dangers of such drugs and advocated for LB 298.
The bill would outlaw the types of synthetic drugs used by Tyler Smith, along with two other classes of dangerous substances sold under names like “Blue Mystic,” “Smiles” and “Foxy.”
LB 298 would update laws passed during the past two years aimed at previous generations of synthetic drugs, including K2 and some sold as bath salts.
Since then, illicit drug labs, mostly in Asia and India, have produced new compounds to get around those bans.
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