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Nebraska Medical Marijuana Debate

Nebraska Medical Marijuana Debate

By Zachary Babin - April 6, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nebraska Medical Marijuana Debate

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska senators have kicked off a debate to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

Senators revisited a bill Tuesday evening that was introduced last year by Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue.

The measure would prohibit smoking cannabis and would not include chronic pain as a qualifying condition to receive the drug.

Advocates say medical marijuana is already legal in 23 other states and it is in Nebraska’s best interest to pass policy to regulate it.

Opponents say marijuana has not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration and cannot be tested for safety and accurate dosages like other drugs.

Attorney General Doug Peterson, Gov. Pete Ricketts and the Department of Health and Human Services oppose the bill.

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The bill is LB643