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.
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.”