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.


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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.


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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.


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Nebraska Debate begins on legalization of medical marijuana

A Bellevue senator who is passionate about the state legalizing marijuana -- for medical purposes only -- finally got his day to try to convince 48 other lawmakers to join his crusade. 

Sen. Tommy Garrett, who made the bill (LB643) his priority, opened debate Thursday this way: This is for the moms.

He told senators they had an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of Nebraskans who could benefit from medical marijuana. 

The National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine in March 1999 said medical research has discovered beneficial uses for cannabis in treating or alleviating the pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with debilitating medical conditions.  


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