Nebraska Senator Files Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill As Activists Look To 2024 Ballot

Nebraska Senator Files Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill As Activists Look To 2024 Ballot
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A Nebraska senator is kicking off the start of the new session with another attempt to finally legalize medical marijuana in the state. Sen. Anna Wishart (D) has been fighting to enact the reform over the past several years, pursuing medical cannabis legalization both through the legislature and activist-led ballot campaigns. Now she’s filed a new bill to provide patients with certain conditions access to marijuana if they receive a doctor’s recommendation. It appears to largely mirror a revised version of legislation that advanced in committee in 2021 but ultimately stalled out in the GOP-controlled unicameral legislature. “I am here yet again, bringing one of the most conservative medical cannabis bills in the nation, in an attempt to bring patients in our state the care they deserve,” Wishart said in a press release on Tuesday. “Growing evidence shows that this plant not only has medicinal values for reducing seizures and relieving pain, but it can help reduce the need for opioid use. It is long past time that Nebraskans have access to a far safer alternative medicine.” The bill calls for a system of medical cannabis dispensaries where people could purchase and possess up to two and a half ounces of marijuana for therapeutic use if they have one of 16 eligible conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS and chronic pain. Smoking cannabis would be prohibited under the legislation, and patients would not be able to grow their own plants. To that end, it’s a fairly restrictive reform proposal—but that’s likely a necessity given the political makeup of the legislature. Nebraska Republicans who have resisted medical cannabis legalization expanded their majority after last year’s election, making the path for the bill even murkier. — Marijuana Moment is tracking hundreds of cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress…

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