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A marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minnesota.  The percentage of supporters and opponents testifying Thursday at a Judiciary Committee hearing on a resolution that seeks to put legalization of medical marijuana on the 2018 ballot closely mirrored results of a statewide survey conducted last year. About 77 percent of those testifying supported the resolution (LR293CA) brought by Lincoln Sen. Anna Wishart that would allow people in the state to vote on the issue in November, but others opposed it — including two state government officials.  Parents of children with difficult medical conditions and people with persistent pain, who said they could be helped by the drug that is legal in at least 38 states, pleaded with the committee for its support. But the Nebraska Attorney General’s office came close to threatening a challenge if such a law was passed.  By the time senators had listened to an hour of difficult-to-hear stories about people’s desperation for something to help them or their children, several of the committee members had grown frustrated with the continued opposition from state officials.  Assistant Attorney General Ryan Post said that if LR293CA were passed, it would be illegal by federal law, which would preempt any enabling legislation by senators. Until and unless Congress would modify its clear prohibition, any regulatory attempt by Nebraska to facilitate, promote or license marijuana products, would be illegal.  There were a number of ways, he said, to challenge a state legalization: A criminal defendant’s challenge to a conviction, a civil action by a person who opposed the law, or the attorney general weighing in himself.  Omaha Sen. Bob Krist responded to the threat. Medical cannabis hearing brings desperate appeals, continued resistance

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