The legislative measure to legalize medical cannabis has two votes too few

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A legislative measure legalizing medical cannabis in Nebraska is killed. The state legislature received two fewer votes than the 33 required to break a filibuster against LB 474. For Crista Eggers and Nicole Hochstein, mothers of children with epilepsy, it’s another blow. “It is beyond this, literally, the life of our children here,” said Hochstein. In September, the Nebraska Supreme Court passed an election that would have allowed voters to decide whether to legalize medical marijuana because it does not conform to the state’s one-subject rule. The organizers of the petition collected 196,000 signatures. Senator Anna Wishart sponsored LB 474. She said supporters would now launch a new petition that would allow voters to vote on the 2022 ballot. This time the optional language will be a sentence. “People in the state of Nebraska have the right to use medicinal cannabis for medicinal purposes, period,” Wishart said. She said it would be better for lawmakers to address the issue than leave it in their hands. “This is an opportunity to get a safe and regulated system in place,” Wishart said. LB 474 would have limited the amount a person could have, stipulated what conditions would qualify, and who could produce, process, and dispose of cannabis. Even some opponents said they fear that if the issue is in front of the voters, it will pass and open the door to recreational marijuana. “If we are to stop recreational marijuana we have to think about something very restrictive, or we will see it everywhere and it will be bad,” said Senator Mike Flood. But other opponents carried a filibuster that is not medically proven and could cause more damage. Senator Julie Salma referred to Attorney General Doug Peterson’s opinion in 2019 that the state cannot ‘legalize medical marijuana because it is federally banned. “So this is prevented by the federal law, which gets to the heart of the argument that LB 474 is unconstitutional,” said Slama. Wishart said 48 other states had legalized medical cannabis. Pete Ricketts said he opposed the bill and would oppose any election effort. “Yeah, absolutely because it’s awful,” said Ricketts. “We will work to educate the Nebraskans why if this is on the ballot they should vote no,” said Ricketts Eggers, said they will continue to fight for their children. “We want the suffering of our loved ones to end,” said Eggers.

A legislative measure legalizing medical cannabis in Nebraska is killed.

The state legislature had two fewer votes than the 33 required to break a filibuster on LB 474.

For Crista Eggers and Nicole Hochstein, mothers of children with epilepsy, it’s another blow.

“It’s more than frustrating. This is literally the life of our children here,” said Hochstein.

In September, the Nebraska Supreme Court passed an election that would have allowed voters to decide whether to legalize medical marijuana because it does not conform to the state’s one-subject rule.

The organizers of the petition collected 196,000 signatures.

State Senator Anna Wishart sponsored LB 474.

She said supporters are now launching a new petition that will allow voters to decide on the 2022 ballot.

She said this time the optional language would be a sentence.

“The people of Nebraska state have the right to use medicinal cannabis for medicinal purposes,” Wishart said.

She said it would be better for lawmakers to raise the issue than leave it to the electorate.

“This is an opportunity to adopt a safe and regulated system,” said Wishart.

LB 474 would have limited the amount a person could have, stipulated what conditions would qualify, and who could produce, process, and dispose of cannabis.

Even some opponents said they fear that if the issue is in front of the voters, it will pass and open the door to recreational marijuana.

“If we are to avert recreational marijuana, we have to think about something very restrictive or we will see it everywhere and it will be bad,” said Senator Mike Flood.

But other opponents carried a filibuster and said it had not been medically proven and could do more harm.

State Senator Julie Salma pointed to Attorney General Doug Peterson’s opinion in 2019 that the state cannot legalize medical marijuana because it is federally banned.

“So this is prevented by the federal law, which gets to the heart of the argument that LB 474 is unconstitutional,” said Slama.

Wishart said 48 other states had legalized medical cannabis.

Governor Pete Ricketts said he was against the bill and would oppose any election effort.

“Yeah, absolutely because it’s awful,” said Ricketts.

“We will work to educate the Nebraskans why, if this is on the ballot, they should vote no,” Ricketts said.

Eggers said they will continue to fight for their children.

“We want the suffering of our loved ones to end,” said Eggers.