Sen. Garrett says biggest obstacle to medical pot bill is pharmaceutical companies

MILLION IN DONATIONS FROM AT LEAST 11 PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES IN A SINGLE YEAR. >> A LOT OF DRUGS THAT THEY USE WILL PROBABLY FALL BY THE WAYSIDE OR THEIR SALES WILL BE REDUCED. DAVID: SENATOR, GARRETT WANTS MEDICAL CANNABIS LEGALIZED IN NEBRASKA WHILE DOUG PETERSON DOES NOT. >> THERE ARE INDICATIONS FROM THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN COLORADO THAT CHILDREN HAVE BEEN HARMED BY THIS. DAVID: PETERSON QUOTED THIS LETTER TO THE LEGISLATURE. ONE OF THE MAJOR DONORS IS PFIZER. RECORDS SHOW IT ALSO GAVE MONEY TO DOUG PETERSON’S CAMPAIGN. >> TO SUGGEST WE ARE UNDER INFLUENCE IS FALSE AND IT ANGERS ME. I HAVE SEEN THE PEOPLE HERE READING THE ARTICLES IN TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT RING. TO TRY TO GO AFTER A PERSONAL ATTACK IS CHEAP AND UNFOUNDED. >> HOW STRONGLY HE CONTINUES TO FIGHT THIS. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT MEDICINE AND HELPING PEOPLE OUT OF OPTIONS. DAVID: OUR CAMPAIGN DONATIONS INFLUENCING THIS DEBATE? >> I THINK SO. DAVID: PETERSON SAYS IT DEPENDS ON RESEARCHERS COMPLETING THEIR STUDY. >> WE HAVE HAD A BLITZ — EPILEPSY IN OUR MEDICAL FAMILY HISTORY. I UNDERSTAND IT. I GET HOW THIS STRIKES FAMILIES. I THINK YOU HAVE TO DO IT IN A PRUDENT WAY. DAVID: IF PASSED, THE BILL WOULD BE ONE OF THE MOST RESTRICTIVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS IN THE COUNTRY.

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