Nebraska Families 4 Medical Cannabis hold fundraiser

Posted By: Veronica Ortega

Twenty-five other states have already adopted laws allowing the use of the medical marijuana, but this past legislative session lawmakers in Nebraska fell three votes short of the 33 they needed to break a filibuster and vote on the medical marijuana bill championed by Senator Tommy Garrett.

The non-profit group Nebraska Families 4 Medical Cannabis were heartbroken with the outcome.

"It was disheartening, it felt underhanded, and it sends you to a place where you just get really frustrated," Josie Kranz said.

Kranz joined the group because like many others she has family members that suffered from illnesses that could potentially benefit from cannabis treatment. She says their passion to help children is what drives them to do everything in their power to legalize the drug.

"They put their kids to bed everyday hoping that they’re going to wake up the next morning," Josie said.

Josie’s husband Christopher died two years ago from brain cancer. She says studies have shown marijuana can reduce the size of tumors like the one that killed her husband. Her 8 year-old daughter Sena has a type of seizure disorder and because of the sometimes harsh side effects of anti-seizure medicine she would prefer an alternative form of treatment.

"It’s not something I want to go to pharmaceuticals for, I want to find a natural route," Josie said.

The non-profit is in the process of raising funds to launch a campaign to bring awareness to the cause and expenses for a potential petition drive. They’re holding a fundraiser tomorrow in Omaha at the Waiting Room. Live bands are set to perform. tickets are just $10.

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