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Lincoln, NE | On Tuesday, Nebraska lawmakers voted 27-12 in favor of a limited medical marijuana bill. The proposed bill would allow ailing Nebraskans access to the non-psychoactive cannabidiol in both liquid and pill form.

The bill, known as the “Cannabis Compassion and Care Act,” would allow for the use of marijuana by patients suffering from cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease, and several other debilitating conditions. Senator Tommy Garrett, who introduced the original bill, has gained the support of fellow lawmakers after striking chronic pain as a qualifying condition and excluding the inhalation of marijuana as a delivery method.

For some, eliminating the instant relief delivered by smoking and vaporizing cannabis seem like a gaping hole in the new legislation, but the bill marks a giant leap forward from Nebraska’s recent lawsuit against Colorado for the state’s claimed responsibility in legal marijuana spilling into Nebraska.

However, the bill still has a long road ahead of it, including two more votes and a defiant governor’s signature. Still, Senator Garret remains optimistic.

“This is not about stoners getting high, this is about medicine and helping people.”

-Tommy Garrett

Nebraskan residents seem to agree. When the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act was heard in committee on March 9 of this year, one hundred similar people gave testimony of their own illnesses including Chron’s disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, and multipole sclerosis. All of these people are looking for a safer, healthier alternative to prescription medication. Garrett aims to deliver.

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