Nebraska parents testify in favor of ‘conservative’ medical marijuana billPosted by On

LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) – Medical marijuana proponents in Nebraska told 6 News they are ready for yet another petition drive, but are hoping it won’t come to that.

Supporters told 6 News on Thursday that medical marijuana legislation brought forth this year is the narrowest and most-conservative version they’ve ever put together, targeting only those with select medical conditions.

State Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln put forth the bill.

“The federal Drug Enforcement Agency confirms, and I quote, ‘No deaths from overdose of marijuana have ever been reported,’” she said.

Besides the two ballot petition drives, collecting nearly 400,000 signatures, along with new bills introduced every session, Nebraska remains one of three states with nothing on the books regarding medical cannabis.

“I sit before you, tired and weary from this fight, and I beg you to look at the suffering of the people of this state,” said Crista Eggers of Gretna.

Parent after parent pleaded with lawmakers in the judiciary committee to know the story of how prescribed pills don’t work for the countless seizures in their epileptic children.

For some on the opposing side, the issue comes down to a lack of federal approval, and the danger of abuse.

“Ten years of the same redundant arguments and excuses — it’s a gateway drug,” said Shelley Gillen of Bellevue. “It’s not FDA-approved. There aren’t enough studies. It’s a slippery slope. What about our kids? It’ll get into the hands of the…

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