Nebraska Gov. Pete RickettsPete RickettsOn The Trail: The political perils of SnowmageddonDHS encourages vaccination regardless of immigration statusNebraska governor in quarantine after exposure to COVID-19MORE (R-Neb.) spoke out at a press conference against legislation that would legalize medical marijuana, saying that it will “kill your kids.”

If you legalize marijuana, youre gonna kill your kids, Ricketts said on Wednesday.

Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-NE): If you legalize marijuana, youre gonna kill your kids.

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There is currently legislation going through Nebraskas Judiciary Committee that would legalize medical marijuana, but state Sen. Anna Wishart (D) said Wednesday that approval from the Senate wont be the last say for the bill, The Associated Press reported.

Wishart said those advocating for legalizing marijuana will push for a ballot measure if the state doesnt pass the legislation.

It is dangerous to go around the established process we have to determine whether or not drugs are safe and effective and why legalizing marijuana and going around the regulatory process to keep people safe is dangerous and going to harm our kids, the governor said. 

Legalizing marijuana was going to be on the ballot last year, but Nebraskas Supreme Court struck it down due to a rule that a ballot cant include multiple issues as it was pushing for regulation rules for marijuana, use of marijuana and growing marijuana.

Advocates believe they have revised the measure so the court will accept it on the ballot, according to The Associated Press.

A growing number of states have been passing legislation legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use. 

A bill was passed in February in Virginia that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana for the state in 2024.