Nebraska Cannabis Business Licenses
WHAT IS NEBRASKA'S CURRENT CANNABIS MARKET STATUS?
Nebraska has had an unsuccessful history with their efforts to legalize cannabis for medical and recreational use. Many attempts have been made to get a legalizing initiative on voter ballots, but all have been thwarted by lawmakers. However, activists and the public’s persistence shows the value and desire for a legal Nebraska cannabis market. Despite receiving enough signatures and being approved by the State Governor, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled on September 10, 2020 that the medical marijuana ballot initiative supported by Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana would not appear on the November 2020 ballot. The disappointing decision came in response to a lawsuit filed by opponents arguing that the measure violated the state’s single subject rules.
WHAT ARE NEBRASKA'S CANNABIS LAWS?
Possession of cannabis is still illegal in Nebraska. Home and commercial cultivation/processing is not allowed, with penalties based upon the total weight of the plants found. There is no medical marijuana program or any other allowances for patients in Nebraska.
WHAT IS NEBRASKA'S CANNABIS LICENSING TIMELINE & CANNABIS APPLICATION PROCESS?
Nebraska has no open cannabis licensing application or any clear future timeline.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF CANNABIS IN NEBRASKA?
Currently, Nebraska only has laws that outline criminal offenses related to cannabis. In 1969, Nebraska eased penalties for cannabis possession in the state, limiting the penalty for first-time possession to no more than seven days in jail. Cannabis was decriminalized to a civil infraction for first-time offenders in 1978. For possession of 1 ounce or less, first-time offenders must pay a fine of $300 and do not have to serve any jail time. Nebraskans have shown overwhelming support for medical cannabis legalization but have faced strong political opposition squashing any attempt at easing prohibition.
DOES NEBRASKA HAVE A HEMP PROGRAM?
Nebraska legalized hemp production for fiber, grain, or cannabidiol (CBD) in 2019, with the condition that plant parts of industrial hemp have a THC concentration of less than 0.3%. Production and use of marijuana and THC for medical and recreational purposes remain illegal in Nebraska.
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