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Tragedy strikes campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska



A string of tragic events has left a citizen-led campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska in search of donations. 

Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana lost two individuals who were expected to make a major contribution to the current legalization campaign.

One of those donors, who contributed to the group's 2020 campaign that nearly made it onto the ballot, died in a plane crash, according to state Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln, a co-sponsor of the campaign. A second person, who was expected to make a contribution, was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The campaign, in an email to supporters Wednesday, described the loss as a "huge setback."


Nebraska medical cannabis bill fizzles in committee


A bill to legalize medical cannabis in Nebraska went up in smoke this week. It’s unclear if someone in legislature will speak up for it.

The legislation was dealt a sequence of setbacks that dimmed its prospects: its sponsor, Republican state Senator Mike Groene, resigned abruptly on Monday, and at a hearing held at the capital of Lincoln on Wednesday, “No one spoke in favor of it,” according to local television station WOWT.


Huskerland Hemp finds success in Gage County

hemp plant

Gage County business is finding success cultivating a crop that’s relatively new to the area.

Production of hemp became legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. Despite criticism and confusion of hemp with marijuana, it’s used in a variety of industries including construction, bio-fuel, food, fiber, paper, oils, textiles and medicines.

Dick Penner, founder of Huskerland Hemp, said he saw the hemp industry as a financially lucrative opportunity that he could use to help people.

“I’ve always liked to grow things,” Penner said. “When I was a boy I grew tomatoes and had a route of customers that I would deliver to in Beatrice and to some grocery stores.”


'We're not giving up': Push for medical marijuana continues in Nebraska


Nebraskans for medical marijuana were out over the weekend trying to get signatures on two petitions that could put the issue on the November ballot.

It's the latest attempt after the Nebraska Supreme Court barred a measure to legalize medical marijuana back in 2020.

As they kick things into high gear, volunteers and campaign managers say they’re feeling confident.

Crista Eggers is one of the people fighting hard to get medical marijuana on the ballot.

Her 7-year-old son Colton is one of the reasons why.


Seward County deputies find 10.5 pounds of fentanyl, 30 pounds of marijuana on Interstate 80


Seward County deputies seized 10.5 pounds of fentanyl and 30 pounds of marijuana from a car hauler tractor-trailer.

Deputies later arrested three people from Ohio and also seized $25,000 and an AK-47.

The Seward County Sheriff's Office said deputies stopped the car hauler with eight vehicles loaded on and became suspicious of the vehicle.

When deputies inspected the car hauler, they found three tires with contraband. Deputies took the tires to a local repair shop to further inspect them. That's when they found the fentanyl and marijuana inside of the tires.


Hemp, Promise and Problems

man harvesting hemp

Yellowing soybean leaves and drying corn husks are early autumn signs that huge combines will soon gobble grain from vast fields of Nebraska’s two main crops.

They also mark completion of a promising but problematic harvest: Hemp.

It’s the second year Nebraska farmers can legally grow and process industrial hemp.


Surprising Cities Where People Are Googling Cannabis Queries

The top five cities that are Google searching terms like “state cannabis legalization” are all places where cannabis is completely illegal.


Medical Cannabis Bill LB 474 Fails in Nebraska by Two Votes

Pending legislation in Nebraska that would have established a medical cannabis industry failed by two votes, a frustratingly tight margin for advocates. The vote needed 33 yes votes to pass, and only received 31, making it unable to break a filibuster. LB 474 is officially off the table. 


Nebraska Is Working To Legalize Medical Marijuana Possibly This Week

Nebraska Aims To Legalize Medical Marijuana


Nebraska’s Governor Stokes Cannabis Fears

Defending his stance against a bill to adopt Nebraska’s Medical Cannabis Act, Governor Pete Ricketts says “legalising marijuana” will “kill kids”.

In a press conference after discussion between lawmakers regarding Legislative Bill 474, Governor Ricketts said:

“So this is a dangerous drug that will impact our kids. If you legalise marijuana, you’re going to kill your kids. That’s what the data shows from around the country.”

It was really an over the top statement given Legislative Bill 474 is in connection to medicinal cannabis – but the Governor sees it as the thin edge of the wedge and also wants the FDA’s blessing on any medical cannabis products.

Here’s the full video, posted by The Recount:


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