Both medical and recreational marijuana have been illegal in Nebraska since 1927. Despite a recent survey of voters commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project that showed 77 percent of Nebraskans would vote “yes” to allow medical cannabis, lawmakers have been unable bring the issue to the legislative floor.
Legislation to allow medical marijuana is expected to be reintroduced in 2019 by state Sen. Anna Wishart, although numerous attempts in recent years have been blocked by filibusters. In 2015, the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act would have allowed certain patients with a physician’s recommendation to use marijuana in liquid or pill form for medical purposes only. Patients with a small list of qualifying conditions, such as glaucoma, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C, would have been eligible. The bill passed 27-12. However, in 2016 it was blocked by a filibuster and was opposed by Gov. Pete Ricketts and Attorney General Doug Peterson, both Republicans.
Marijuana was decriminalized to a civil infraction for first-time offenders in the late 1970s. Possession of one ounce (1 oz.), or 28.35 grams, or less of marijuana results in an infraction and a $300 fine. Graduated penalties are imposed for subsequent offenses for one ounce (1 oz., or 28.35 grams) or less, including increased fines, misdemeanor charges and possible jail time. Possession of more than one ounce (1 oz.) or 28.35 grams but less than one pound (1 lb.), or 453.6 grams, is a misdemeanor and possession of one pound (1 lb.), or 453.6 grams, or more is a felony.
An attempt to introduce a Nebraska Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative to the 2018 ballot failed. It would eliminate all fines and penalties for possession of one ounce (1 oz., or 28.35 grams) or less of marijuana.
Where is it safe to purchase & consume?
Marijuana is not legal in any form in Nebraska.
to Be to Consume?
Qualifying Conditions and Patient Rights
This page was last updated on November 8, 2018.