While recent laws have aided the decriminalization of cannabis in the state of Nebraska, any use of marijuana (medicinal or otherwise) is currently prohibited. However, in 2017 the state will be reviewing a new ballot to vote upon whether medical marijuana will be made legal.

In the event that the ballot is approved, patients suffering from conditions defined by the Nebraska Health Department will be able to purchase medicinal marijuana from licensed dispensaries. While the qualifications surrounding the bill has yet to have been made public, it is known that the bill will prohibit the smoking and cultivation of cannabis within a patient's home.

Patients will also be required to submit all medical records and certification from a doctor as evidence of the existing condition in need of treatment. It will also be illegal for any amount of cannabis to be transported outside of state lines. The passing of the bill will also permit medical marijuana to be regulated under laws similar to alcohol in regards to driving under the influence (DUI) and public consumption.

Until the bill is voted upon, there is no way to acquire any type of marijuana in the state of Nebraska. Being found with possession, however, is no longer a criminal offense, with first-time offenders now receiving a $100 fine and a misdemeanor citation.

In order to push the acceptance and legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana in Nebraska, it is important for residents to get involved. By joining cannabis advocacy groups you can urge your Senate to listen to the 60% of Nebraska residents in favor of the legalization of medical marijuana.

As bills regarding cannabis come up for review it's important to stay engaged in the development of laws and to refrain from the purchasing and consumption of cannabis until all laws are finalized.