Policy Recommendations Nebraska

2019-2020 Improvements and Recommendations for Nebraska

Frustrated by a lack of access, Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana organized a 2020 medical access ballot initiative that is expected to go before voters in November. While Governor Ricketts is opposing the initiative, ASA encourages Nebraska lawmakers to engage with patients and medical cannabis advocacy organizations to build a safe and legal access model for patients in 2021. Cannabis patients require the same level of sufficient access to cannabis medicine as patients of pharmaceutical products do to pharmacies, and Nebraska patients need their state lawmakers to act to organize such a system.

Beyond authorizing the creation of a production, manufacturing, testing and medical retail system for patients to access, Nebraska should also consider organizing legal safeguards for patients to preserve employment, housing and parental rights for qualified patients. Finally Nebraska should weigh allowing patients to cultivate medical cannabis at home to help reduce patient costs and improve ease of access.