UNK’s Warner Lecture Series focuses on health-related marijuana


KEARNEY – State Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln will go over the future of health-related marijuana in Nebraska through the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Warner Lecture Series.

Wishart will present “Legalizing Medicinal Marijuana in Nebraska: Policy and Political Implications” on Thursday (Sept. five) in UNK’s Fine Arts Recital Hall. The occasion, scheduled for three-four p.m., is totally free and open to the public. A reception will adhere to the presentation.

Hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Warner Lecture Series was launched in 2017 to address significant problems in Nebraska and recognize the service of Charles J. Warner and his son Jerome Warner, two prominent former state senators who played a important part in UNK’s history.

“Both Sen. Charles Warner and his son Sen. Jerome Warner appreciated discussion and debate of significant problems,” stated Peter Longo, a political science professor at UNK. “I’m confident Sen. Wishart’s speak will be of interest to Nebraskans, no matter if they assistance or oppose medicinal cannabis. Her lecture will demonstrate the complicated considerations related with public policies.”


Courtesy/ Sen. Anna Wishart.

Wishart introduced a bill (LB110) through this year’s legislative session that would have legalized particular types of health-related marijuana, but the measure failed to acquire sufficient assistance inside the Unicameral and it was opposed by Gov. Pete Ricketts. She also co-chairs a group, Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws, that is gathering signatures by means of a petition drive in an try to place the concern on the 2020 common election ballot.

Longo named medicinal marijuana a “timely and relevant” subject in Nebraska.

“I hope attendees appreciate the significance of civil discussion,” he stated. “Nebraskans have a tradition of respectfully discussing politics. We may possibly not normally agree, but our disagreements can be civil and productive.”

Wishart will be introduced by former state Sen. DiAnna Schimek. The 34-year-old Lincoln native is in her initial term in the Nebraska Legislature.

“Her commitment to serve the public will maybe offer inspiration for our students to be active citizens,” Longo stated.

WHAT: Warner Lecture Series, “Legalizing Medicinal Marijuana in Nebraska: Policy and Political Implications”

SPEAKER: State Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln

WHEN: 3-four p.m., Thursday, Sept. five

Exactly where: UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall

Expense: Free and open to the public

HOST: College of Arts and Sciences


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