Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue still recognizes his bill, but.
“It’s gone through some remarkable transformations,” Garrett tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
A re-shaped medical marijuana bill has been approved by the Judiciary Committee on a 7-to-1 vote.
Legislative Bill 643 now is modeled after Minnesota law, enacted last year.
“Quite frankly, I think the thing that was most appealing, and we were always amenable to this, I think the thing that was most appealing was the fact that it doesn’t allow smoking,” Garrett says.
Minnesota became the 22nd state to approve medicinal marijuana. The bill signed into law last year prohibit smoking marijuana.
Garrett says he is studying the changes to his bill and expects even more revisions once the bill hits the legislative floor for debate and amendment.
The bill would guide manufacturers on production of medical marijuana and set restrictions on its use. Medical cannabis could be taken in liquid form, through vapor, or by pill. Patients would have to be certified to use medical marijuana. The Department of Health and Human Services would write specific rules and regulations.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]