Medical marijuana bill has its day on the floor
Dominic Gillen said his son, William, suffers from a seizure disorder.
"It's very treatment resistant and he suffers from 100 or more seizures every day," Gillen said.
On Wednesday, he showed up to the capitol in support of Sen. Anna Wishart's bill that would legalize medical marijuana.
Wishart said it could be used to treat chronic health problems and pain.
Gillen said, if passed, it would give them the opportunity to see what impact medical marijuana would have on William.
"If it reduces his 100–150 seizures a day incrementally, then it's definitely a benefit to him and his quality of life," he said.
It faces opposition though. Some senators cited concerns over Colorado's road safety after it legalized medical marijuana.
"The year after they approved medical marijuana was the highest year of fatalities on Colorado highways," said Sen. Steve Erdman of Bayard. "So don't tell me that marijuana doesn't kill people."
Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue proposed an amendment that would remove edibles from the list of cannabis products the bill would allow.
"Edibles that are in the form of candy, cookies, that could easily be ingested by a juvenile and may be more attractive to youth," Crawford said.
Lawmakers did not vote on it Wednesday night.
If passed, Nebraska could join 33 other states that have some form of medical marijuana use. Even if this does not pass in the legislature, some are working on a ballot measure that would put legalizing medical marijuana on the 2020 election ballot.