Nebraska Judiciary Committee Votes to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Nebraska’s Judiciary Committee has passed legislation to legalize medical marijuana.

Legislative Bill 622 was passed by the Judiciary Committee with a 6 to 1 vote, with Senator Stebe Halloran casting the sole “No” vote. The measure allows those with a qualifying condition to possess and use marijuana medicines if they receive a recommendation from a physician and become licensed with the state. A system of regulated marijuana dispensaries would be authorized.

Qualifying conditions would include opioid addiction, AIDS, epilepsy, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, hepatitis C, lupus, Parkinson’s disease, Lyme disease, spinal cord injury or disease, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety.

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Nebraska Senate Votes 44 to 2 to Study Cannabis Oil

photosource420magazineA legislative proposal that would commission the University of Nebraska to study the effectiveness of low-THC cannabis oil in the treatment of seizure disorders has passed Nebraska’s full Senate with a 44 to 2 vote.

“LB 390 creates the Medical Cannabidiol Pilot Study within the University of Nebraska Medical Center for patients who suffer from severe and untreatable or treatment-resistant epileptic seizures”, according to the legislative intent for the bill, introduced by Senator Sue Crawford. “It allows access to low-THC cannabidiol oil for patients under the supervision of a neurologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Under LB 390, it shall be an affirmative and complete defense to prosecution if the defendant suffers from intractable seizures and is an active participant in the study or if the defendant is the parent or legal guardian of such an individual.”

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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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Supreme Court Seeks Obama Administration Views on Challenge to Colorado’s Cannabis Law

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A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked President Barack Obama’s administration for its views on a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado over its voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana use by adults.

The Obama administration has allowed states to implement marijuana legalization laws, even though cannabis remains illegal under federal law.

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Nebraska Committee Unanimously Approves Bill to Allocate $250,000 to Study Cannabis Extracts

Cannabis tincture.
Cannabis tincture.
A proposal to allocate $250,000 to research the safety and efficacy of low-THC cannabis extracts (including tinctures, oils and pills) has been approved with a unanimous 6 to 0 vote by the Nebraska Judiciary Committee.

Legislative Bill 390, introduced by Senator Sue Crawford, would direct the University of Nebraska Medical Center to study the use of cannabis oil that has at least 10% cannabidiol (CBD), and less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), for the treatment of resistant seizures.

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6 States Plus D.C. Sign Cannabis Bills Into Law in Less than a Month

It’s been an incredibly busy, and productive year thus far for the cannabis reform movement, and the past month has been a shining example of this progress. Here’s a look at some of what’s been accomplished.  wacanna

On March 21st, Utah’s governor signed into law a proposal which legalizes cannabis extracts (such as oils and tinctures) for medical purposes. The measure takes effect on July 1st.

On March 31st, Washington D.C.’s mayor signed a measure into law which removes criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis. The new law reduces the penalty from an arrestable misdemeanor, to a $25 ticket.

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Hemp Bill Signed Into Law by Nebraska Governor

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has signed Legislative Bill 1001, a proposal to legalize the cultivation of hemp for research purposesnebhemp, into law. The measure takes immediate effect.

Under the new law, the University of Nebraska and the state’s Department of Agriculture can now legally cultivate hemp for research purposes. Given the federal government recently legalized hemp research in states that have done the same, Legislative Bill 1001 is in compliance with federal law.

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Nebraska Legislature Passes Hemp Bill, Heads to Governor

Nebraska’s Legislature has voted 39 to 2 in favor of Legislative Bill 1001, a proposal to legalize hemp research in the state. The measure nownebraska heads to the governor who can either sign it into law, let it become law without his signature, or veto it.

Although the measure would have initially legalized hemp throughout the state, it was amended to become a research bill, where as the University of Nebraska and the state’s Department of Agriculture can legally cultivate hemp for research purposes. This would mean that the bill would be in compliance with federal law, given that federal lawmakers recently legalized hemp research in states that have done the same.

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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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Proposal to Legalize Hemp Approved Unanimously Through Nebraska Senate Committee

Legislative Bill 1001, a proposal to legalize industrial hemp, has been given unanimous approval through Nebraska’s Senate Judiciary Committee.nebraska

Under the proposed law, which now moves towards a full Senate vote, industrial hemp would be explicitly legalized by removing it from the state’s list of controlled substances. Farmers would be authorized to cultivate industrial hemp once receiving a license from the state; the license fee would be set at $150 annually.

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