In Nebraska, a bill legalizing medical marijuana for patients suffering from debilitating conditions has failed. According to the KETV Omaha, Legislative Bill 643, which would have established the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act, came close to breaking a filibuster and advancing in the state Senate but it ultimately fell short by three votes.
Had LB 643 passed, it would have still faced fierce opposition by those in the state government, including Gov. Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson.
Opponents of the bill claimed that legalizing medical marijuana would create a philosophical shift in the debate, paving the way for recreational marijuana. However, advocates argued that the measure was about helping the sick people of Nebraska and not about getting high.
Speaking with the Argus Leader, bill sponsor Sen. Tommy Garrett said that he was disappointed by the legislature and the next step for advocates is a ballot initiative.
“It’s the smart thing to do. Power to the people,” Garret said. “We’re becoming the U.S. Congress, wringing our hands and saying, ‘Woe is me, woe is me. There’s so much I don’t know.’”