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Medical Marijuana Bill Dies, Setting Up Nebraska Ballot Drive

BERKELEY, CA - MARCH 25: One-ounce bags of medicinal marijuana are displayed at the Berkeley Patients Group March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, California. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified a ballot initiative late Wednesday to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana in the State of California after proponents of the measure submitted over 690,000 signatures. The measure will appear on the November 2 general election ballot. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(KFOR NEWS  May 13, 2021)   (AP) – A bill to legalize and tightly regulate medical marijuana has died in the Nebraska Legislature, setting the stage for a much less restrictive ballot measure with a good chance of passing.

Supporters of the bill fell two votes shy of the 33 they needed to break a filibuster and force lawmakers to vote on it.  The 31-18 vote came as no surprise, but the looming ballot measure could leave Nebraska with an uncharacteristically liberal medical pot law.  Supporters say the bill would have given Nebraska one of the nation’s most conservative medical marijuana policies, and they promised to take the issue to voters.

Medical marijuana ballot drives have generally been successful in other states.

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