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Medical marijuana bill advances to Legislature

Posted: 12:32 PM, May 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-10 13:41:22-04
Medical Marijuana

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — A bill that would make medical marijuana legal in Nebraska advanced to the Legislature for debate next week.

The bill advanced in the Judiciary Committee on a 5-1 vote, with one member abstaining from a vote, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

The World-Herald also reports that sponsor Anna Wishart gives the bill a less than 30 percent chance of passing. Senator Steve Lathrop, the Judiciary Committee chairman, also predicted the bill would have a difficult time.

Both senators said the bill offers lawmakers a chance to have a carefully thought out process for regulating the distribution, production, and use of medicinal cannabis in Nebraska. Medical cannabis in Nebraska will not be prescribed by a physician, and will not be distributed by a pharmacist.