Nebraska

Sat
28
Nov

Baking Bad: Police say edible forms of marijuana hit new high in Omaha

Sgt. Dave Bianchi sets a bag of chocolates onto a table at Omaha police headquarters.

The narcotics detective isn’t handing out treats to his colleagues. He’s showing off the latest, tastiest ways to get high.

“It looks like a chocolate, a cookie or a chunk of candy,” Bianchi said. The marijuana-infused edibles, he said, allow people to “use marijuana, but be discreet about it.”

The edibles are becoming more common in the Omaha area, especially over the past year, Bianchi said. He suspects some Nebraskans decided to make their own pot products after visiting neighboring Colorado, which legalized recreational cannabis in 2012 and began allowing retail sales in January 2014.

Sun
01
Nov

Omaha Tribe to consider legalizing marijuana

The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska is considering getting into the lucrative marijuana business, but at least one tribal expert fears doing so could put the tribe at risk of losing any investment it may make in marijuana industries.

The tribe plans to hold a referendum Tuesday in which members will vote on whether the tribe should allow recreational use of marijuana, medicinal use of marijuana, and growing industrial hemp on its northeast Nebraska reservation.

Ultimately, however, the Omaha tribal council will decide all three questions. The referendum vote simply will give the council guidance on whether to move forward, according to an information sheet distributed by the tribe.

Sun
20
Sep

Omaha Man Petitions for Marijuana Political Party

What do you think about the legalization of marijuana? An Omaha man believes so strongly, that he set out to make a new political party.

Mark Elsworth experienced politics during his run for governor last year. This year, however, Elsworth is in a new position as Chairperson of the Marijuana Party.

"We aren't an official party yet so we haven't actually started registering people," Elsworth said. "but we hope to register lots of people. We hope to get, you know, 20% of the registered voters in Nebraska."

The party revolves around the legalization of marijuana and support of political candidates that want to make marijuana legal.

Thu
06
Aug

Do Nebraska and Oklahoma Have a Strong Case as They Challenge Colorado's Marijuana Laws?

lawsuit Nebraska and Oklahoma filed against Colorado last year in the U.S. Supreme Court over the Centennial State’s legalization of marijuana is flawed, a legal scholar who is an expert on federalism and drug laws said at an event in Seattle on Tuesday.

Sun
07
Jun

The Unexpected Side Effects of Legalizing Weed

De Beque is little more than an outpost nestled along I-70 as it winds its way through the rugged hills of western Colorado. Clearly visible from the highway is the quirky façade of Kush Gardens, the first recreational pot shop to be approved in Mesa County.

Sat
30
May

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.

Wed
27
May

LA Pot Reform Bills Advance, KS Pot Reform Bill Dies, NE CBD Bill Dies

Louisiana may be about to reform its harsh marijuana laws, but not Kansas; a Nebraska CBD cannabis oil bill dies, a Michigan legalization initiative goes back to the drawing board, the Germans and the Israelis grapple with marijuana policy, and more.

Marijuana Policy

Wed
27
May

Nebraska: Medical marijuana bill will need to wait a year, sponsor says

It appears Nebraskans will wait at least another year for broader legalization of medical marijuana.

Bellevue Sen. Tommy Garrett said Tuesday he will ask to have his medical marijuana bill (LB643) tabled until 2016 so he can refine it and attempt to gain more support.

The measure advanced from first-round debate on a 27-12 vote earlier this month. But it faced an almost certain filibuster Wednesday morning, which would have raised the number of votes needed for its passage from 25 to 33.

And instead of gaining support, Garrett found himself losing votes and running out of time.

Tue
19
May

Limited medical marijuana study gets initial OK from Nebraska lawmakers

The less controversial of two medical marijuana bills being considered by Nebraska lawmakers this year received overwhelming support Monday during its first appearance before the full Legislature.

Sen. Sue Crawford says her bill (LB390), while more limited in scope than a measure sponsored by fellow Bellevue Sen. Tommy Garrett, would allow people with life-threatening epilepsy to receive treatment more quickly.

The soonest Garrett's bill (LB643) could go into effect, if passed by lawmakers, would be July 2016. Regulatory complications could push that as far back as next December.

Crawford's bill would take effect almost immediately, assuming it gains support from 33 senators, the number required to pass a bill with an emergency clause.

Sun
17
May

Local View: A thoughtful approach to medical marijuana

Last week, the Legislature advanced a proposal that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. As proponents of legislative legalization of medicinal marijuana have made their case, I met with families who believe this proposal would benefit them and their children and listened carefully to their arguments and concerns. I sympathize with their circumstances, and I am supportive of efforts to treat their conditions with innovative medical solutions.

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