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A bill introduced in Lincoln on Wednesday would pave the way for legal medical marijuana in the state.
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The Cannabis Compassion and Care Act proposed by Bellevue Sen. Tommy Garrett outlines how the substance could be used to treat patients with debilitating medical conditions.
 
"There are children and adults in our communities with diagnosed debilitating medical conditions who will benefit from the inclusion of medical cannabis as a treatment option," Garrett said. "Such treatment would be tightly controlled and could only be prescribed by a licensed physician."
 
 
The measure would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to issue registry identification cards to qualifying patients and registered designated caregivers.
 
"A qualifying patient who has been issued and possesses a registry identification card shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner," the bill reads.
 
The bill would allow qualifying patients to possess up to 12 plants and 6 ounces of usable cannabis.
 
The measure acknowledges that federal law prohibits any use of cannabis except under very limited circumstances; however, it lists more than 20 states which have removed state-level criminal penalties from the medical use of cannabis.
 
KETV 7 ABC Omaha ~ Jan 21, 2015
 
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