Nebraska senator seeks support for medical marijuana bill

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska lawmaker is turning to the public to build support for his bill to legalize medical cannabis.

Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue visited Dakota City and Norfolk on Wednesday to make his case for the proposal.

The bill would legalize medical cannabis for patients with specific chronic or terminal illnesses, including cancer, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease and epilepsy. The cannabis could be ingested as a liquid, pill, or liquid vapor, but could not be smoked.

Lawmakers debated the measure during this year’s session but didn’t pass it. Critics have said that while they’re sympathetic to the people with debilitating diseases, they’re concerned that medical cannabis creates a slippery slope toward recreational use.

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