LINCOLN — At all the doors she knocked on while campaigning in Lincoln’s District 27, and among all the people she talked to, Sen. Anna Wishart never heard a negative comment about medical cannabis.
Her opponent in the campaign, Dick Clark, recalled district residents as he walked door-to-door bringing up to him the importance of having the drug available in the state.
“And that’s me coming to the door with, ‘Hey, I think your taxes are too high and they’re taxing too fast and spending it too fast.'” Clark said. “Not exactly the come-on where anyone would think, ‘OK this is the pro-medical marijuana legalization guy.'”
Clark, a registered Republican with libertarian leanings, and Wishart, a Democrat, had great differences then. But now that Wishart is in the Legislature, they have found a common issue to support, a bill (LB622) that would legalize medical cannabis.
When Clark heard about the bill, he sent Wishart a message via Facebook, thanking her for introducing it.
“I was showing my parents and everybody, and I was, like, ‘this is the coolest thing ever,'” she said.
The bill has importance to Clark because of the positive effects of medical cannabis for his younger brother, Trevor.
He’s a little nervous about telling his brother’s story — outing him as he called it — even though Trevor lives in a state where it’s legal. His hesitancy is because the drug is not legal in the eyes of the federal government, and no one is quite sure what might happen next in Washington.
Trevor Clark was diagnosed with diabetes as a child in Louisiana and Alabama. His case was severe, with his blood sugars bouncing all over the place and around