Nebraska plans to join the green rush by legalizing medical marijuana very soon
Nebraska appears to be on its way to becoming the 37th state to legalize the medical use of marijuana. This comes as no surprise as several states are rushing to kickstart some of the wild investment frenzy in the U.S. cannabis industry.
At the federal level, the cannabis industry still has a long way to go. At the state level, the industry has developed wonderfully. great reforms all around. There are more than enough stocks of marijuana to get around, despite the fact that the drug is a List 1 drug (apparently that status would change sooner or later).
While many wait for the day when elected officials would finally decriminalize cannabis, states like Nebraska are seeing legalization moves as a win.
It is still unclear whether decriminalization of cannabis at the federal level would spill over to other illegal markets in the country. Or when the medical use of other once nationwide illegal drugs is approved.
It is now clear that the U.S. cannabis industry is likely to be legalized nationwide in a few years. With states beginning to step up pressure on federal lawmakers, it is certain that these politicians will start moving forward with federal cannabis reform bills.
This recent Nebraska push is sponsored by Senator Anna Wishart. According to reports from Nebraska, state lawmakers are cooperating to seal the legalization of medical marijuana. These reports say that hopefully this can be achieved before the end of May, this week.
Senator Wishart recently issued a statement inferred that the bill would be discussed by the House on Wednesday May 12th.
Several revisions were made in the course of the passage of this law. The unrevised version of this bill would have the use of medical marijuana for every disease. After some revisions, it was changed to include a list of acceptable diseases. That is, patients with these highlighted disorders would be given access to the pot.
List of diseases with access to cannabis
The following health issues are some of the requirements for a Nebraskan to use marijuana legally in the state.
The first medical marijuana bill was introduced into the house four months before the final review of this new bill. The new invoice has been revised several times. This revision time was important to allow the Justice Committee to scale the document. The bill includes details that would entitle Nebraskans to purchase and own up to 84 grams of marijuana. To control this, the document stipulated that these two and a half ounces of cannabis must be obtained from licensed pharmacies.
Part of the document that may not go well with Nebraskans is that the proposed bill will not allow the drug to be smoked by the registered patients. Instead, they should consume the drug using other approved methods, such as vaping.
However, the situation can be changed at a later date.
The next important stage in the approval of this bill is its adoption by the unilateral body controlled by the GOP.
Getting over the first hurdle in legalizing the drug is the hardest. Revisions are relatively easy.
At least 33 cloture votes are required for a positive result from the house procedure. This majority of votes would be enough to pass the newly amended law. The House is trying to find a compromise on the bill, changing the current revisions to make opposing members of the House more attractive.
In an interview, Nebraska’s campaign manager for the National Marijuana Policy Project, Jared Moffat, said he felt that the bill’s proponents were not averse to making these changes to the bill. So far this means that something is being done about it.
Bill co-sponsors Senator Wishart and Senator Morfeld are actively working to ensure that Nebraska’s registered voters make the final decision on whether to pass the cannabis bills.
Both were ardent proponents of legalizing cannabis in the state. They also involved other prominent political figures in the state to campaign for it.
A group of Nebraskans are now taking the initiative to campaign for marijuana reforms, starting with the legalization of medical cannabis in the state.
Signatures are currently being collected for this measure. The aim is to have the bill on the voting slips in 2022.
If you can remember, Nebraskans launched a campaign to include the legalized medical marijuana measure on the 2020 ballot. However, their efforts were stopped by the Supreme Court after a single issue was challenged.
This time around, the low turnout in the mid-term elections could be the biggest challenge if the required signatures are in place.
Steve Lathrop, chairman of the Judiciary Council, said at the hearing that his vote supported the legalization of medical cannabis law. He said his reason for doing this was because he believed the bill would be a better alternative to the campaign measures that could be included in the ballot papers in 2022.
Governor Pete Ricketts could stop the current momentum for cannabis reforms.
The governor has a rigid stance on all marijuana reforms in the state. There’s a high chance he’d decline the medical cannabis bill if it got to his office.
However, the constitution says that a gubernatorial veto can be rejected with 30 votes from the House. Members of his party would also have to oppose the governor’s stance.
Sen. Wishart and Sen. Morfeld both have plans to bring the issue of recreational cannabis legalization in front of voters by 2022. This announcement was made in December 2020.
The sooner this limited proposal to legitimize medical cannabis is adopted, the sooner other steps can be taken regarding cannabis reforms in the state.
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