Nebraska Governor Ricketts Opposes Medical Marijuana

Thirty-three states have legalized the use and sale of medical marijuana since 1996, but if it’s up to Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts his state won’t be joining the ranks anytime soon.

Nebraska is one of four states – along with Idaho, Kansas and South Dakota – that doesn’t have any sort of medical-use law. Thirteen other states only allow the use of CBD products.

A bill currently in the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee, LB 110 (Adopt the Medical Cannabis Act), would legalize access.  Sen. Anna Wishart, who introduced it in January, calls the legislation “one of the best public health models in the country when it comes to medical cannabis.”

GOV. PETE RICKETTS: “I will work with Senators to safeguard public health and stop LB 110 from becoming law.”

Another option is an initiative backed by Wishart, fellow Senator Adam Morfield and the advocacy group Nebraskans for Sensible Drug Laws for a 2020 popular vote. A signature drive to get it on the ballot has begun. “We have a really long runway to do this,” Wishart says. “They’ll be due the beginning of July next year.”

On April 29, the Republican governor explained why he opposes efforts to legalize medical marijuana

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