At the same time as traditionally conservative states have embraced legalization, reefer insanity is alive and effectively in Nebraska.

At the least with the state’s governor, Pete Ricketts, who on Tuesday as soon as once more sounded the alarm on one thing {that a} rising majority of the nation is cool with.

“Effectively, we’ve definitely seen in different states like Colorado if you cross legalization of leisure, in addition to medicinal, marijuana that you simply see a rise in site visitors fatalities which are attributable to marijuana use and a rise in various different issues akin to younger individuals getting a maintain of the marijuana,” Ricketts mentioned, as quoted by Omaha-based television station KETV. “The marijuana has the chance to create psychosis in individuals and that would result in various very dangerous outcomes as effectively, so these dangerous well being results occur if you legalize marijuana.”

Ricketts made the feedback in response to final week’s election leads to the Cornhusker State’s northern neighbor, South Dakota, the place voters authorised separate measures legalizing medical marijuana and leisure pot. The outcomes imply that Nebraska will quickly border two states the place hashish is authorized for adults, with Colorado voters paving the best way for an finish to prohibition again in 2012. 

For Ricketts, a Republican at the moment serving his second time period as Nebraska’s governor, the feedback are hardly a shock. In August, forward of his state’s anticipated vote on a medical marijuana measure, Ricketts was highly dismissive of hashish as a therapy for sufferers.

“There isn’t a such factor as medical marijuana,” Ricketts mentioned on the time. “This isn’t one thing that needs to be prescribed by a physician. It’s not one thing we distribute by means of a pharmacy, proper? These are dispensaries that shall be in your communities, and we now have seen the impact in different states once they do that, individuals present as much as work stoned, and that places him at higher threat for accidents on the job.”

In the end, Nebraska voters had been denied the chance to determine, after the state’s Supreme Court docket ruled in a split opinion in September that the poll initiative was unconstitutional.

“If voters are to intelligently undertake a State coverage with regard to medicinal hashish use, they need to first be allowed to determine that concern alone, unencumbered by different topics,” the court docket mentioned within the ruling. “As proposed, [the Nebraska Medical Cannabis Constitutional Amendment] comprises multiple topic—by our rely, it comprises not less than eight topics.”

The ruling was a blow for advocates, significantly provided that it got here after Nebraska’s secretary of state, Bob Evnen, mentioned in August that backers of the initiative had rounded up sufficient verified signatures to qualify for the poll. Following the Supreme Court docket’s resolution, Carly Wolf, the state insurance policies director for the Nationwide Group for the Reform of Marijuana Legal guidelines (NORML), urged Nebraska legislators to take up the problem.

“It’s extraordinarily disappointing that Nebraskans with debilitating circumstances will proceed to be denied entry to a therapeutic therapy that would present vital advantages,” Wolf mentioned. “An amazing majority of Nebraskans assist this coverage change, which I hope will propel state lawmakers to take motion subsequent 12 months and approve laws to reform Nebraska’s outdated and unjust marijuana insurance policies.”