The Status of Cannabis Legalization in NE
Nebraska is one of three states where medical cannabis is still illegal.
However, recently proposed Legislative Bill 588, “The Medicinal Cannabis Act,” would create a medical cannabis access program in Nebraska. If passed, the legislation would create a program where qualifying patients may purchase and possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis flower or 2000 mg of THC concentrate.
According to the Marijuana Policy Project, 77% of Nebraskans surveyed said they supported legalization of medical cannabis. In 2015, the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act would have allowed certain patients with a physician’s recommendation to use marijuana in liquid or pill form for medical purposes only. The bill passed, but unfortunately, it was blocked and opposed by Gov. Pete Ricketts and Attorney General Doug Peterson. Later in 2018, efforts to bring an initiative to decriminalize marijuana in Nebraska to the ballot failed.
Whether or not medical marijuana legalization will appear on the November 2020 ballot remains a question for the Cornhusker State; meanwhile, some Nebraska officials still do not support legalizing it. For example, a sheriff from Lancaster County is attempting to keep the matter off of the November General Election ballot, talking it to the Supreme Court.
Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana, a political committee supporting legal medical cannabis for qualifying patients, garnered more signatures to see the question placed on the ballot only to have higher officials, including Gov. Pete Ricketts, try to knock it off.
“In spite of efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational or medicinal use in other states, marijuana remains a federally banned controlled substance whose medicinal value has not been tested,” according to Rickett’s speech recently published on the state government website.
“While parents and advocates have made their case at the state level here in Nebraska and elsewhere for marijuana’s medical use, our country already has a process in place through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine whether a drug constitutes safe and effective medical treatment,” he added.
Veriheal will follow all November 2020 General Election results closely, reporting on the regions that make changes to both medicinal and recreational cannabis laws across the country.
Patient Qualifying Conditions
There are no qualifying conditions in Nebraska and no medical program in the state.
Without a designated statewide program, there are no caregiver laws set up in Wisconsin for assisting patients with medical cannabis.
Possession and Cultivation Limits
There are no definitive possession laws regarding medical cannabis since the state of Nebraska does not have a program.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, the state does not offer any physician referrals, which is why Veriheal will set up shop in Nebraska when the state approves a medical cannabis program.
Veriheal will provide physicians for you once the state approves a program. After meeting with a certified doctor in a virtual video consultation from the comfort of your own home, the doctor will determine your eligibility based on a qualifying condition.
From start to finish, the medical evaluation takes approximately 10-15 minutes.