The Cannabis Compassion and Care Act is getting a lot of attention. Omaha State Senator Tommy Garrett is one of several co-sponsors of LB 643 that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. He wants everyone to know this has nothing to do with the recreational use of marijuana.
Senator Garrett says, “We are not looking for recreational use for marijuana. This is all about taking care of people. There are people out there suffering that are out of other medical options. We have constituents suffering from ALS, Crones Disease, affects from chemotherapy. This provides them with potential relief.”
Senator Garrett believes it should have been legalized a long time ago. And when it comes to the drug, “people are abusing prescription medications, over the counter things, sniff glue, huff paint. Why would we deprive treatments to help people because some knucklehead might abuse it?”
Omaha State Senator Joni Craighead is co-sponsoring a bill and says not one person she has talked to is against legalizing medical marijuana. Her husband, Mike died after battling cancer in 2007 and Senator Craighead says had medical marijuana been available it would have helped his pain and improved his quality of life.
A news conference on the issue will be held at the Nebraska Capitol at noon on Friday.