Nebraska Medical Marijuana Bill Will Go Before Full Legislature This Week

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The Nebraska legislature is taking up a bill to legalize medical marijuana this week—the latest in a string of conservative states to consider the reform move recently. Sen. Anna Wishart (D), sponsor of the legislation, announced that it will “be debated by the full legislature” on Wednesday. Just heard, my bill to legalize medical cannabis, LB 474 will be debated by the full legislature on Wednesday, May 12 at 9am! Carrying the voices of Colton and all the patients who would benefit from this plant based medicine with me. pic.twitter.com/S7gZRyaJ45 — Senator Anna Wishart (@NebraskaAnna) May 7, 2021 This comes four months after the bill was introduced. It was approved in the Judiciary Committee in March, where it was subject to amendments. The measure would allow patients with certain qualifying conditions to purchase and possess up to two and a half ounces of cannabis from licensed dispensaries. It would not allow patients to smoke marijuana, however. While the bill originally would have generally allowed patients to access marijuana for any condition that the plant may treat, it was revised in committee to include a specific list of 17 qualifying conditions, including cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain. Passing in the GOP-controlled unicameral body is expected to be challenging, as lawmakers will likely have to overcome a filibuster with at least 33 votes for cloture. If they accomplish that, a vote could then take place to approve the reform bill itself. But while the legislation as currently amended might prove to be difficult, it’s possible that legislators could accept additional changes and reach a compromise that makes the proposal more palatable to reform opponents. “I think that proponents for medical cannabis are willing to see compromises on the bill if that means getting something done,”…

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