The History of Marijuana in Nebraska

Nebraska has a history with marijuana that dates back to 1887, when men from Champaign, Illinois cultivated hemp in the state. Most of the hemp was sold to eastern mills for commercial twines. The company then brought in workers and equipment from Kentucky, but the workers soon left, so the farm shut down in 1900. Some of the men had already started growing more of the crop in 1895 in Havelock, but it didn’t operate long because by 1910, the industry slowly discontinued amid the wave of prohibition in the United States. Nebraska joined the country’s prohibition efforts by banning all forms of marijuana in the state in 1927.

By 1979, Nebraska went back to its old marijuana laws with the drug because the state decriminalized marijuana again. First-time offenders now face a fine of $300 and possible drug education for possession of up to an ounce, while second and third offenses are considered misdemeanors, but they’re only citable. Possession of marijuana isn’t an arrestable offense in the state, but in 2012, Nebraska had one of the highest number of marijuana arrests and citations in the United States. Now Nebraska lawmakers are pushing for marijuana reform in the state, so be sure to contact your senator to support a medical marijuana program in the state.


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