Is medical or recreational marijuana legal in the state of Nebraska?

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Map of Nebraska filled with marijuana plants with a background of a man in prison
Map of Nebraska filled with marijuana plants with a background of a man in prison


No, at the moment Nebraska is one of the few states in the USA that still maintains a state ban on the use of cannabis . Since 1927 the same restrictive laws continue with this plant, and it does not allow the cultivation, sale, consumption, or any other use that can be given to it, neither medicinal or recreational.

Luckily Nebraska is not one of the toughest states with penalties for possession of small amounts, and the first time you are caught with up to 1 ounce (28.3 grams) it is considered a misdemeanor, fined $ 300 and the obligation to attend a drug abuse education course. The following offenses for possession of up to one ounce will receive stronger penalties, and if the amount seized exceeds one pound (453.5 grams)

On the other hand, the penalties for growing, manufacturing, or distributing marijuana in this state are very harsh, and For any amount, you can get up to 5 years in jail and fines of $ 25,000, so we recommend complying with the rules. Possession of hashish or any type of cannabis concentrate is also considered a serious offense.



🎯 When will medical marijuana be legal in Nebraska?



In 2020, a parliamentary initiative was about to go ahead in this state, 180,000 signatures were collected from citizens who agreed to approve the therapeutic use of marijuana, but due to a defect in form, it did not go ahead. It is expected that by 2022 it will be tried again, and we hope that this time it will be with more luck.

There are many hopes placed on the new government of the United States, because with the Democrats in power and the new proposal that has been presented by the supporters of the Nebraska medical cannabis bill, it is sure to come through.


Why doesn’t Nebraska want to legalize marijuana?

It’s not that I don’t want to, in this state there are many yerba consumers who are eager for this law to change, both medicinally and recreationally, but due to the form of government in Nebraska, the legal change must be proposed in a very specific way, and so far it has never been carried out optimally.



👾 So you can’t buy marijuana in the state of Nebraska?


Power can be done, but being illegal it can only be bought on the black market, with the problems that this entails. Prices per gram can range from $ 10 to $ 30, and in addition to being expensive, it is dangerous because the product has not passed any type of sanitary control.

Many Nebraskans travel to Colorado to shop for cannabis at dispensaries, as do tourists from many other places, but this is also a high risk, so we recommend taking extra precautions.



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🧐 Is there a way that patients can legally medicate with medical cannabis in this state?


Yes, luckily Nebraska has accepted the United States agricultural law, which as of 2019 allows the cultivation, production, and distribution of CBD products derived from hemp plants, as long as their THC content does not exceed 0.3% and with a series of conditions. Likewise, the state’s control over these products is very high, and that is holding back the commercialization of some brands.

More and more stores are selling cannabidiol-rich products in Nebraska, known as CBD Shop and with great success due to the general prohibition of marijuana in this state.


Nebraska's cannabis laws, penalties and permitted uses
Nebraska’s cannabis laws, penalties and permitted uses


⚠️ Conclusion


As you may have seen, Nebraska is not the best state in the USA for cannabis users because of its old legality in this regard. We hope that the law will change shortly and both patients who need medical marijuana to improve their lives, and those who use it recreationally can have easy access, either with self-cultivation of cannabis plants or through authorized dispensaries.

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