A Nebraska legislative committee has voted to approve a medical marijuana bill, according to a March 18, 2017, article at Omaha.com.
Legislative Bill 622, sponsored by state Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed the Judiciary Committee with a 6-1 vote. It will now head to the legislative floor.
“I’m optimistic that members will listen to their constituents who are desperately asking them to legalize this form of treatment,” Wishart said.
The bill has been endorsed by capital city’s newspaper, the Lincoln Star-Journal. In a March 25, 2017, editorial, the newspaper’s editorial board contrasted a public perception of medical marijuana users with the reality of those who are helped by it.
“At a recent hearing for State Sen. Anna Wishart’s bill to legalize medical cannabis in Nebraska, testimony came from an Iraq war veteran, a former Nebraska soccer player, a woman who suffers from chronic and debilitating pain and several others–all of whom say cannabis eased their symptoms and improved their lives,” the editorial board wrote.
The board also pointed out that medicinal cannabis is not “the drug sought by recreational pot smokers.”
“Legalizing it isn’t going to create a generation of potheads as naysayers often suggest,” the board wrote. “It’s another new tool for doctors and patients to use to treat illnesses and pain.”