Nebraska Cannabis Legalization Status: Partially decriminalized.
In 1969, Nebraska eased penalties for cannabis possession in the state, limiting the penalty for first-time possession to no more than 7 days in jail. Marijuana was decriminalized to a civil infraction for first-time offenders in 1978 or 1979. The state of Nebraska has decriminalized possession of small amounts of cannabis, punishing possession of up to one ounce with a $300 citation.
LB634, introduced by Omaha Sen. Terrell McKinney, would allow for the commercial sale of recreational cannabis in Nebraska for individuals 21 and older. The bill would create a framework for growing, selling and distributing marijuana and would give priority to individuals seeking to start certain cannabis companies in low-income and disenfranchised communities and areas impacted by high rates of drug charges. Among other provisions, the bill would decriminalize the possession, transport and purchase of no more than one ounce of cannabis by individuals 21 and over. It would prohibit smoking or otherwise consuming cannabis products in public spaces or motor vehicles.