Nebraskans seek passage of medical marijuana use

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. | Tommy Garrett said people shouldn’t get the wrong impression when they see his hair pulled into a pony tail and learn he backs the legalization of medical marijuana.

Garrett, a Nebraska state senator from Bellevue, traveled to Dakota City Wednesday to rally support for his bill to legalize the use of marijuana by people with certain debilitating conditions.

“You might think I’m a stoner,” Garrett said, noting that he’s never consumed marijuana. “I’m about as straight as they come.”

Two Nebraska residents joined Garrett in a press conference at the Dakota County Courthouse to encourage people to prod lawmakers to pass the bill Garrett has led. Marijuana is a federally illegal drug, but some states have passed measures so people can use cannabis for relief from pain.

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