Nebraska took a step forward in the form of Sen. Anna Wishart sponsoring legislation to legalize medical marijuana in the state. The Senator just tweeted and informed the locals about the proceedings. Her cannabis legalization bill will be presented today in front of the executives.
Wishart has been one of the most active state representatives in Nebraska. She spends time with patients and does a lot of public service at the forefront. During these services, she encountered patients who actually benefited from cannabis-infused medications.
In that regard, she wants to make medical marijuana legal to use in Nebrasks as soon as possible so that patients can get their treatment without any legal hindrance. Initially, she introduced the bill in January. It was approved from the get-go until it reached the judiciary in March.
The judiciary deemed the Nebraska medical marijuana bill as incomplete and made Wishart make some amendments in the legislation. As per the law, Wishart made appropriate changes. There were a few points that the judiciary targeted and wanted them to be replaced. The Senator was on her toes and made the amendments in under two months.
The bill would have allowed patients to obtain marijuana for any condition that the plant may treat. Wishart revised it in committee and included a list of 17 conditions for which patients could use medicinal marijuana. They include cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain.
The amended bill needs to obtain more than half of the majority of votes in order to successfully pass as state law. While the bill as currently revised might prove complicated, it’s surely possible that the lawmakers could allow supplementary changes and reach a settlement that makes the proposal more acceptable to reform competitors.
However, Wishart and Sen. Adam Morfeld (D) are more than hopeful. In December, the pair stated that they’re striving to put the issue of legalization for adult practice before voters in the 2022 elections. If they succeed in doing so, it would be a revolutionary move in the history of cannabis legalization.
As for now, we are eagerly waiting for Wishart to inform us about the bill presentation and the legislators’ remarks on the amendments.
It would not be wrong if we labeled 2021 as the most productive year in cannabis legalization throughout the United States. Not only did the considerate states showed promising results, but the conservative states also had significant progress in this domain.
The fact that those states showed progress about which the lawmakers were least hopeful speaks volumes about the prevalence cannabis has acquired over the past few years. States like Alabama and Virginia have legalized medical marijuana by successfully passing the legislation through all House committees, followed by final approval from the Senate.
Republican-controlled states like Alabama are far ahead on this matter as compared to the rest. However, others are not miles behind these states. They are also making significant progress in legalizing medical pot for use.