Whilst traditionally conservative states have embraced legalization, reefer insanity is alive and nicely in Nebraska.

A minimum of 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 once you cross legalization of leisure, in addition to medicinal, marijuana that you just see a rise in site visitors fatalities which are brought on by marijuana use and a rise in plenty of 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 might result in plenty of very dangerous outcomes as nicely, so these dangerous well being results occur once 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 accredited 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 way in which for an finish to prohibition again in 2012. 

For Ricketts, a Republican at present 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 remedy for sufferers.

“There is no such thing as a such factor as medical marijuana,” Ricketts mentioned on the time. “This isn’t one thing that needs to be prescribed by a health care provider. It’s not one thing we distribute via a pharmacy, proper? These are dispensaries that will likely be in your communities, and we now have seen the impact in different states after they do that, individuals present as much as work stoned, and that places him at better threat for accidents on the job.”

In the end, Nebraska voters had been denied the chance to resolve, 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 resolve that concern alone, unencumbered by different topics,” the courtroom mentioned within the ruling. “As proposed, [the Nebraska Medical Cannabis Constitutional Amendment] incorporates multiple topic—by our rely, it incorporates no less than eight topics.”

The ruling was a blow for advocates, significantly on condition 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 determination, 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 situations will proceed to be denied entry to a therapeutic remedy that might present important advantages,” Wolf mentioned. “An amazing majority of Nebraskans help 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.”