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The legislature will debate two bills dealing with medical marijuana in the new few days. The first bill, LB643, was introduced by Senator Garrett. It seeks to allow the Department of Health and Human Services to create a registry of patients with qualifying medical conditions. After the registry is completed, these patients would be permitted to obtain medical cannabis. LB390, introduced by Senator Crawford, would allow for the University of Nebraska Medical Center to conduct a trial study regarding a cannabis cream.
While both of these bills were introduced with the intention of helping people, we must understand that the Federal Drug Administration has still not authorized the use of marijuana to treat illnesses. It is my belief that medical marijuana, like any other prescription drug, should go through the proper established channels for testing and approval. For this reason, I will be voting against LB643 as presented and I will listen closely to the debate on LB390.
I would like to take this time to invite any high school students in the district to this year’s Unicameral Youth Legislature on June 7th-10th at the State Capitol. High school students are invited to experience what it is like to take on the role of state senators as they sponsor bills, conduct committee hearings, debate legislation and discover the unique process of the nation’s only unicameral. I encourage any student who has an interest in public office, government, politics, law, public policy, debate or public speaking to apply. For more information please visit www.NebraskaLegislature.gov/uyl or call 402-471-0764. The deadline for registration is May 15. Registrants are encouraged to apply for a Speaker Greg Adams Civic Scholarship award, which covers the full cost of admission. Other $100 scholarships are also available.
As always, I am honored by the faith that you, the voters of District 24, have placed in me. My door is open and I have made it a goal to be accessible to the constituents of our district. You may continue to follow me on Facebook at Kolterman For Legislature and on Twitter at @KoltermanforLegislature. My office in the State Capitol is Room 1115, which I share with my colleague Senator Bob Hilkemann from Omaha. Stop by anytime. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org and the office phone number is 402-471-2756. Kenny Zoeller, my Legislative Aide, and Katie Quintero, my Administrative Aide, are always available to assist you with your needs. If I am not immediately available, please do not hesitate to work with them to address your concerns, thoughts, and needs.
Senator Mark Kolterman