Saturday, December 15, 2018

Nebraska could put therapeutic cannabis on the ballot

Only Idaho, South Dakota, and Nebraska ban all forms of cannabis despite a 2018 poll showing 77 percent of Nebraska voters support a constitutional amendment that would legalize for some patients.
Senators Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, both of Lincoln, announced the formation Thursday of Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws. They say the campaign will seek a constitutional amendment to give Nebraskans the right to use marijuana for medical purposes. The group has received backing from the Marijuana Policy Project, a leading national group that has helped lead five successful marijuana-related ballot measures in Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada and Utah. [KCSR radio]
Wishart would rather the Unicameral approve therapeutic cannabis so lawmakers can determine the requirements for its use.

The ditches along the I-29 of my youth were adorned with feral cannabis from Sioux Falls to Omaha: descendants of an agribusiness destroyed by a racist and xenophobic law enforcement industry now dealing with bulging prisons. Omaha: where they don't rubbah. You know, rubber...listen in on a party line: that's the lasting image of the town where my Union Pacific brakeman and conductor grandfather moved four girls in the 1930s.

Minnesota towns like Pipestone and Lake Benton near the South Dakota border could reap the coming cannabis whirlwind as the St. Paul City Council urges legalization.


1 comment:

larry kurtz said...

I've said this from the very beginning while drafting my template: South Dakota could adopt Minnesota's medical cannabis law worthy of FDA scrutiny, legalize for adults then allow Deadwood and the tribes grow and distribute under a compact putting the gaming commission to tax and regulate.

CBD products being sold in South Dakota are little different from raw milk, preserves, pies or juices sold at farmers markets but do you always trust their origins? Black market cannabis not tested or subject to inspection makes America and South Dakota less safe so legalizing and regulating a product that so many people enjoy is reasonable public policy aligned with life/safety concerns. [South Dakota unlikely to allow CBD oil even though it's in farm bill