A new bill, introduced by State Senator Justin Wayne, looks to decriminalize the sale and use of cannabidiol (CBD). Introduced on January 23, 2019, LB 659 would remove cannabidiol from the state’s list of controlled substances. Currently, CBD is classified under the marijuana definition.
The change in classification would provide clarity to a very blurry situation in Nebraska. Many people are already purchasing the hemp-derived products online which is legal, but some stores in the state also carry them, which is not. Businesses, consumers and law enforcement need clarity now but no one is sure how urgent this matter is for law makers.
A hearing was held on February 20, 2019 where the judiciary committee heard testimony from only people who are in favor. No one testified against it. The committee must now vote on whether to advance the bill to the full legislature.