Medical pot bill dies, setting up Nebraska ballot drive
A bill to legalize and tightly regulate medical marijuana has died in the Nebraska Legislature
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A bill to legalize and tightly regulate medical marijuana has died in the Nebraska Legislature, setting the stage for a much less restrictive ballot measure with a good chance of passing.
Supporters of the bill fell two votes shy of the 33 they needed to break a filibuster and force lawmakers to vote on it. The 31-18 vote came as no surprise, but the looming ballot measure could leave Nebraska with an uncharacteristically liberal medical pot law.
Supporters say the bill would have given Nebraska one of the nation’s most conservative medical marijuana policies, and they promised to take the issue to voters. Medical marijuana ballot drives have generally been successful in other states.