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The Future of Marijuana in Nebraska

The Future of Marijuana in Nebraska

As attitudes toward marijuana have shifted considerably in recent years, so, too, have the laws that surround the drug. While many areas of the country are still in a state of limbo, an increasing number of states have lifted the barriers that made both medical and recreational marijuana illegal. Nebraska is not one of those states, but the popular voice reflects an optimistic outlook on this issue.

As KPTM News shared, countless Omahans rallied for legal medical marijuana in attempts to gain attention from lawmakers this past April. Just months prior to the rally, Iowa approved of five medical marijuana shops in the state -- a definite step forward in the eyes of advocates nationwide. The best-case scenario that advocates hope to see in the near future involves ballot access during the current election cycle, which would give marijuana supporters across the state a voice on the controversial matter. Many predict that Nebraska will eventually legalize the drug, since neighboring states have already made forward movements.

Steps are being taken, but what are the current regulations? The Marijuana Policy Project gives a rundown of the state's marijuana laws, stating that Nebraska considered medical marijuana legislation with bill LB 622; however, the bill failed in legislative sessions. As of now, the possession of one ounce of marijuana or less could result in a fine of up to $300. In addition, offenders may be required to take an educational drug course. Those with additional convictions could face steeper fines, a misdemeanor and even time behind bars.

While these laws continue to present obstacles, the MPP also notes that Nebraska is one of 20 states that does not require first-time offenders to serve time in jail. Many in support of medical marijuana's legalization hope to see the state move forward in future legislative considerations, following the trend of the many other states that have been a part of this shift.

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