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A soldier's mother seeks statewide law to ban way K-2 is being sold

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A Cedar Rapids mother is pushing for a statewide law to ban synthetic marijuana, the drug known as K-2 from being sold and advertised as something legal.

Gwen Meek says her son's dangerous addiction to K-2 led to his death over the summer.

"[Gwen] went to grab the door, and [Jerrald] was hanging on the door knob," said Jerry Meek, Jerrald's dad. "She just yelled, Jerrald, Jerry!"

It was inside his parents' home in Cedar Rapids Jerrald Meek, 35,  took his own life after being deployed to Afghanistan three times. It was in August when the Meeks say Jerrald swallowed K-2 and hanged himself.

"He did not have any mental disorders," said Gwen Meek. "People called it Post-traumatic stress disorder, it's not a disorder, it's an injury."

Meek says over a four year period she watched her son slowly change becoming more and more submissive to synthetic marijuana.

She held a public forum in Cedar Rapids Saturday, pushing to start a campaign. She wants the state to stop stores from selling K-2 using false marketing, selling them as something legal like potpourri or bath salts.

Already in Iowa the sale and possession of K-2 is illegal, but meek says the because of the false marketing of the drug, her son hanged himself.

The City of Cedar Rapids just recently passed an ordinance

Unless it's gone statewide it's not going to do any good," said Gwen. "Unfortunately he was suffering so bad, that he wouldn't talk about it. You could see it in his eyes."

She's already started a petition and hopes to deliver that to state lawmakers sometime soon.

She says her son would have never used the synthetic drug, becoming an addict-- had it not been sold as something that was legal and OK to buy.

Meek says while she couldn't get her son Jerrald the help he needed, she hopes Saturday's forum  allowed others to see just how dangerous synthetic drugs are.

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