Cannabis at the Capitol
Nebraska Families for Medical Cannabis will be holding a press conference to round up support on 3 upcoming bills regarding medical marijuana in the state
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- At 12 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, the Nebraska Families for Medical Cannabis is holding a press conference with parents, patients, legislatures, and other allies to the cause that are urging lawmakers to pass LB 474, LB 475, and LR 24CA at the Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda.
The Nebraska Families for Medical Cannabis is a non-profit organization that supports enacting a compassionate medical cannabis law in Nebraska.
These people will be in attendance:
- Crista Eggers, mother of Colton, a 6-year-old diagnosed with epilepsy
- Nicole Hochstein, mother of Jayen, an 11-year-old diagnosed with epilepsy
- Dominic and Shelley Gillen, parents of Will, an 18-year-old diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy
- Trish Petersen, executive director of Nebraska Families for Medical Cannabis and signature gatherer for the 2020 medical cannabis initiative
- Lia Post, a patient diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome and signature gatherer for the 2020 medical cannabis initiative
- David Swarts, volunteer coordinator and signature gatherer for the 2020 medical cannabis initiative
- Senator Anna Wishart, Legislative District 27
- Senator Adam Morfeld, Legislative District 46
Legislative bill 474 adopts the Medical Cannabis Act. Senator Wishart introduced this bill to the ball rolling for medical marijuana use in the state.
Last year, the Nebraska Supreme Court voted to take medical marijuana off the ballot because it broke the “single-subject rule” meaning people would actually be voting for several different things in just one ballot vote.
Bill 475 is a response to that. It instructs the Secretary of State to receive a written legal opinion from the Attorney General.
Resolution 24 C-A would then change the “single-subject rule” to mean a ballot vote could be for a general topic, and allow for a few different issues that all relate to the topic to be included in one vote.