Proponents skeptical of overhaul of medical marijuana bill


Lincoln, Neb. (WOWT) – The controversial medical marijuana bill introduced last month at the state capitol will be scrapped for another plan according to the bill’s sponsor. Opponents say it’s still not good enough and they will focus on the petition campaign.

Crista Eggers is leading the effort to organize Nebraska’s signature campaign to put medical marijuana on the ballot. Her 7-year-old son, Colton, suffers from uncontrollable seizures.

Her 7-year-old son suffers from uncontrollable epileptic seizures.

“There’s nothing joyful about this fight except the hope that one day my child can take a few drops of the oil recommended by my doctor. And maybe that will help. Maybe his life will be better. If it’s not his, maybe someone else’s,” Eggers said.

“It was just a bill,” said Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte. “I did it two hours before the deadline to file an invoice. It will not be the final product.

It plans to replace its medical cannabis law with a bill. It could be done on Thursday. Groene says this will allow people to grow cannabis and doctors to prescribe it. The bill will also have more options for those who qualify than its current plan.

“Our bill will treat it like medicine. He will respect it. And we added inhalers, pills and inhalers. That’s medicine. I don’t know of any other drug that you smoke,” Groene said.

Lincoln Senator Anna Wishart is skeptical. She said the Legislature had a chance to do something last year with her bill and for years together with the Governor they did everything to stop medical marijuana.

“I’ve been looking at the amendment but since first reading,” Wishart said. “It still has major issues that would exclude many sick Nebraskans from accessing this herbal medicine.”

Meanwhile, a campaign to collect signatures continues. The goal is to get 250,000 by July. That will be enough to put medical marijuana to a popular vote in November.

Many parents tell 6 News that they consider this the best option.

“It’s a state that cares so much about its people. I don’t know why it’s so different,” Eggers said. “Time is running out for our children and people who are hurting.”

The hearing on the medical cannabis bill will take place before the Judiciary Committee this Wednesday afternoon.

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