Nebraska Senate Gives Initial Approval to Legislation that Would Legalize Medical Cannabis

Medical MarijuanaWith a 27 to 12 vote, Nebraska’s Senate has given initial approval to Legislative Bill 643, which would legalize medical cannabis.

The proposal, which now moves to a second round of debate in the Senate, would allow patients with certain medical conditions such as epilepsy and cancer who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use medical cannabis. Nonprofit “compassion centers” would be authorized to cultivate and distribute the medicine.

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Nebraska Senate Votes to Legalize Hemp

With only one Senator voting in opposition, Legislative Bill 1001, a proposalHEMP9999 to legalize hemp, has been approved through Nebraska’s Senate. The final vote was 32 to 1.

Under the proposed legislation, industrial hemp would be removed from the state’s list of controlled substances, legalizing its cultivation and production. Farmers wishing to grow hemp would need to receive a license from the state’s Department of Agriculture; the fee will be set at $150 annually.

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