The United States has been slowly moving forward with the marijuana industry. There have already been 29 states that have legalized marijuana. However, almost every single one of them is struggling to either cope with the federal prohibitions or to regulate the drug in the state in a proper manner. But that is expected to settle with time.
Nebraska is the next in line to join the 29 marijuana legal states. To make it the 30th marijuana legal state, lawmakers of the state are keen to take necessary measures. According to the senators supporting the legalization bill, Nebraska lawmakers should first give their approval for regulating the drug.
On the downside, things don’t look very hopeful as the 2-hour long debate on the bill ended without a discussion. As things stand, unless those supporting the bill prove to have at least 33 votes in their favor, the legislators are unlikely to return to the bill before next year. But people like Senator Adam Morfeld are still hopeful. According to him, those opposing the bill should instead work on making it better since the legalization of medical marijuana is inevitable.
A lot of work and effort is being put in by advocates of marijuana in Nebraska. There are already two separate petitions being floated regarding the use of medical cannabis. The aim is to make them appear on the ballot in 2018. One of the petitions is to remove any laws that restrict residents from the production, distribution or use of marijuana. The other petition is aimed at the decriminalization regarding the possession of an ounce or less of the drug.
There is no question about the therapeutic abilities of marijuana. If the bill gets converted into a law, it will greatly help the ones suffering from detrimental health conditions like cancer, epilepsy, or glaucoma etc. However, the patients will not be allowed to use edible marijuana or even smoke the drug. They will only be permitted to either take it in the form of a pill, vapor, liquid, or topical cream form. The Department of Health and Human Services will be given the right to control the manufacturers and dispensaries.
According to Senator Joni Craighead, medical marijuana will not make users “weed smokers”. Instead, it will help patients with severe illnesses. She specifically mentioned that the drug will help patients suffering from cancer which was the cause of her husband’s death a decade ago. She said,
“If I would have had an opportunity to get medical cannabis for him, I think the quality of his life at the end would have been much better,”
Senator Mike Hilgers, on the other hand, believes that FDA should put more focus on the research regarding medical marijuana in order to make it better prior to legalizing it. His statement does not make much sense to many, especially when considering the fact that 29 states have already legalized the use of this drug. Sen. Anna Wishart, just like many others, counter-argues that marijuana is far safer as opposed to drugs like opioid painkillers that are being prescribed these days.
Sen. John Kuehn stated that nothing can be deemed safe prior to clinical testing. He seems unable to understand the fact that it is not about the drug being 100% safe. It is about marijuana being far safer than alternatives like opioid.
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