Pending legislation in Nebraska that would have established a medical cannabis industry failed by two votes, a frustratingly tight margin for advocates. The vote needed 33 yes votes to pass, and only received 31, making it unable to break a filibuster. LB 474 is officially off the table.
Nicole Hochstein, a mother of a child with epilepsy, described herself as: “Devastated. Broken. In pieces because they literally voted my child’s life away” following the missed opportunity.
This isn’t the first time medical cannabis advocates in Nebraska have been let down. Back in September, the ballot measure to legalize medical cannabis through a vote was pulled by the Nebraska Supreme Court, who claimed the measure violated the single-subject rule. This was even after those supporting it had collected 196,000 signatures.
“It’s beyond frustrating. This is literally our children’s lives here,” Hochstein said.
State Senator Anna Wishart backed LB 474, and now plans to start a petition to add the issue to the 2022 ballot.
“People in the state of Nebraska have the right to medical cannabis for medical purposes, period,” Wishart said. “This is an opportunity to pass a safe and regulated system.”
Why Did LB 474 Fail?
Many opponents claimed they were worried that medical cannabis would