Nebraska lawmakers will not decide whether to legalize marijuana this year. Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue asked to hold his bill until June 15, which ensured senators will not revisit the issue until next year.
LB643 made it through first-round debate with a 27-12 vote. Sen. Garrett says the Speak of the Legislature told him Tuesday that there was no longer enough support to guarantee its success. He says senators have been bombarded with criticism about their votes to repeal the death penalty and that they have to prioritize tough choices. Senators are still allowed to vote on either issue.
Another bill to study a low-potency cannabis derivative for treating seizures passed last week and awaits action by Gov. Pete Ricketts. That was LB390.
If passed, LB643 would have allowed medical marijuana to be delivered by liquid, pill, or as a vapor but not in the form of dried leaves or a plant. It would have been allowed for specific conditions including cancer if the condition or treatment produced one or more severe symptoms, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, Tourette’s Syndrome, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, seizures including those characteristic of epilepsy, severe or persistent muscle spasms, Crohn’s Disease, and terminal illness with probably life expectancy of under one year if the person suffered from specific severe symptoms.