MMJ Bill Introduced in Nebraska, Despite Interstate Cannabis Lawsuit

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How’s this for irony: A lawmaker has introduced a bill to legalize medical cannabis in Nebraska, even though the state’s attorney general is pursuing a lawsuit against Colorado over its recreational marijuana law.

The bill, dubbed the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act and sponsored by independent state Sen. Tommy Garrett, would pave the way for licensed, nonprofit “compassion centers” that would cultivate, process and sell MMJ to patients in Nebraska.

Qualifying patients could possess up to six ounces of marijuana and cultivate a maximum of 12 plants at home.

Under the bill’s provisions, qualifying conditions would include several conditions many other states also offer MMJ treatment for, such as cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and more.

The bill likely faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Nebraska Legislature, though Garrett himself has described his own political position as “a limited government, pro-economic development conservative.”