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Bill To Legalize Marijuana In Nebraska

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Medical marijuana works, that is not an opinion that is a fact. Our nations capital and 23 other states have legalized cannabis for medical purposes. It appears Nebraska intends to become state number 24.

KETV reports:

Both sides of a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska square off at a Judiciary Committee hearing in Lincoln on Thursday.

The bill by Sen. Tommy Garrett, of Bellevue, has drawn strong support from people with debilitating medical conditions and sharp criticism from law enforcement.

The bill would allow marijuana in the treatment of certain seizures, disease symptoms and other medical ailments. [Read more about the bill]

Nebraskans suffering from AIDS, cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and other illnesses were scheduled to share their stories and urge lawmakers to provide access to medical marijuana through LB643, otherwise known as the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act.

Immediately prior to discussion on Garrett’s bill, the Judiciary Committee heard testimony on LB326, which defines the term ‘ingestibles’ as it applies to marijuana.

LB326 would also add penalties for possessing and making edibles with THC.

Attorney General Doug Peterson, who supports LB326, cautions lawmakers to wait and watch when it comes to legalizing marijuana.

“We need to wait 3 to 5 years and carefully watch what happens in Colorado. This includes reviewing increased crime rates as well as educational and health impacts,” Peterson said. “There is a historical progression from opening the door to marijuana to pushing for legalization. In the end, we don’t want to find out that we have joined a failed social experiment.”

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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