A bill legalizing medical marijuana in Nebraska has been shelved for the session.
Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue has made the motion to kill his bill for this year, but tells colleagues he will be back next year.
“It breaks my heart that the people who desperately needed this, the people who are sick and ailing and out of options, who just stole my heart,” Garrett stated in an emotional address to the Unicameral. “We bracketed the bill, so we’ll be back next year, next session. We’ll be bigger and better and stronger than ever.”
LB 643 won preliminary approval after first-round debate on a 27-12 vote. Eight senators abstained.
Garrett successfully motioned to “bracket” the bill as it came before the legislature on Select Filed, second-round debate. A bracket motion essentially shelves the bill for the legislative session. It keeps the bill alive and allows the sponsor to resurrect it during the next session.
Garrett said he will work with the Department of Health and Human Services and even opponents of his bill to overcome objections to it.
Garrett assured fellow senators the issue will return.
“We’re going to work our tails off to make sure that this bill is as airtight as it can possibly be. The families have my promise on that,” Garrett said. “Those of you who are opposed to it, we’re going to come knocking on your door and we’re going to ask you for input on how we can make this bill better.”
AUDIO: Sen. Tommy Garrett speaks to Unicameral about shelving medical marijuana bill. [2 min.]