The governor’s comments came during a press conference on medical marijuana legislation, along with an upcoming petition to get a popular vote on the broader issue of legalizing marijuana sales in the state next year.
“I don’t want this to be a personal issue against the governor,” Wishart said during an interview in her Capitol office. “There are a lot of things that I agree with him about.
“We’re all allowed to have different opinions, but we’re all working on the same facts,” she said.
“And even if you are against this problem, it will come.”
It seems clear that “the tide is coming and we can’t bury our heads in the sand and prepare,” she said.
Wishart, who is married to a former Lincoln police officer, said she wanted Nebraska “to have a safe, regulated system that encourages people to work with their health care provider to determine when cannabis might be the right choice for medicinal purposes “.
As she traveled across the state seeking signatures on the 2020 petitions to put that topic on the ballot, Wishart said, “I’ve never heard a negative word.”
Rather, she said, “I was having a hard time not finding a person who hadn’t benefited. So many stories.”