A state senator wants Nebraska voters to decide whether the state allows the use of medical marijuana.
Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln has been unable to move her measure (LB 622) through the legislature, so this year she is pushing to place it on the ballot.
Wishart says some legislators unwilling to vote for a marijuana bill might be willing to allow voters to decide the issue.
“Ideally, we would address this issue in the legislature with LB 622,” Wishart tells Nebraska Radio Network. “I do think that for some lawmakers who might have concerns with voting on actual legislation that legalizes cannabis for medicinal purposes, they may be more likely to vote to put it on the ballot, so their constituents can have a say.”
Wishart says it’s needed and it’s needed now.
“I would say at this point, most people know somebody who needs this plant as a form of treatment for terminal illness, for post traumatic stress disorder, for epilepsy, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and have gone to states where it’s legal and seen the benefits and want to have that option here,” according to Wishart.
LB 622, called the Medical Cannabis Act, is stuck on general file in the legislature, a holdover from last year. Wishart introduced Legislative Resolution 293 CA (Constitutional Amendment) earlier this week.