medical marijuana

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have kicked off a debate on a proposal to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes as activists push a much broader ballot measure that would place the issue before voters next year.

Supporters argued Wednesday that the legislative bill is narrowly tailored, with restrictions on how much users can possess and a ban on marijuana smoking.

Senators who oppose the measure say the drug is still illegal at the federal level and argue that its benefits and dangers haven't been fully studied.

(Gretna, NE)  --  Supporters of medical marijuana in Nebraska are trying to rally residents behind their cause.  Volunteers gathered in Gretna on Saturday evening to get petition signatures in an effort to get a proposal to legalize medical marijuana onto the 2020 ballot.  Petition organizers need to gather 150-thousand signatures to place their proposal before state voters.

(Lincoln, NE)  --  State legislators are considering a bill that would legalize access to cannabis for medical use.  Senator Anna Wishart introduced LB 110 this week after the 2019 legislative session opened on Wednesday.  The District 27 democrat says the bill comes in response to her experience with residents suffering from disease or illness who need access to this type of medication.  She says she hopes lawmakers can agree on a sustainable medical cannabis system this year.