Neb. senators scrap medical marijuana for the year

LINCOLN (AP) — The sponsor of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska pulled the bill from the Legislature’s agenda on Wednesday, citing a flurry of other divisive votes senators have had to defend recently — including a repeal of the death penalty.

Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue asked Wednesday to hold his bill until June 15, ensuring senators will not revisit the debate until next year.

The move came one day after the Omaha chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws filed a petition to put the medical marijuana on the ballot for voters to decide.

Omaha NORML founder Bryan Boganowski said the petition would reinstate some of the more conservative compromises made on the floor of the Legislature, such as the ban on smoking the drug.

“They had their chance to pass one of the tightest medical marijuana programs in the country and...

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