LINCOLN — Three Huskers who have been cited on suspicion of possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia have yet to be charged in Lancaster County Court because of prosecutors’ concerns about an industrial hemp bill recently passed in the Nebraska Legislature.
Maurice Washington, Myles Farmer and Jeramiah Stovall were cited in various circumstances this summer on suspicion of possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia. The three Huskers are among “many recent marijuana citations in Lancaster County that our office has not charged at this time as a result of the legal and ethical questions presented by the passage of LB 657,” Bruce Prenda, the chief deputy Lancaster County attorney, said Sunday in an email.
Under the law passed in May, cannabis with a THC level under .3% is considered legal.
In an Aug. 11 story in The World-Herald, Lancaster County Attorney Pat Condon said the law is “causing problems” because of the money it might cost to test the THC level in marijuana compared with the fine for possession.
“We’re trying to figure out how to go forward with this,” Condon said Aug. 11.
Another Husker, receiver Wan’Dale Robinson, was cited on suspicion of marijuana possession as well but was not charged, Prenda said, because of a lack of sufficient evidence.
The Lincoln Journal-Star first reported the news.
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The helmet of Garrett Nelson falls off while battling Katerian LeGrone alongside running back Dedrick Mills during the Nebraska's football practice at the Hawks Championship Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, Wednesday, August 14, 2019.
Husker players stand in a stand of light during the Nebraska's football practice.
Andrew Bunch delivers a pass during the Nebraska football practice.
Maurice Washington leaps over a defender.
Dedrick Mills protects the ball during a carry alongside Mosai Newsom.
Adrian Martinez delivers a pass at a target.
Brody Belt leaps over Rahmir Johnson.
Scott Frost, right, looks on during practice.
Jahkeem Green, a transfer from Highland Community College, runs a drill.
Jahkeem Green, a transfer from Highland Community College, prepares to run a drill during Husker football practice.
Ty Robinson attempts to recover a fumble.
Adrian Martinez hands the ball of to Wyatt Mazour.
Jack Stoll makes a catch during practice.
Cam Taylor looks on during practice.
Offensive coordinator Troy Walters calls out a play during practice.
The helmet of Garrett Nelson falls off while battling Katerian LeGrone alongside running back Dedrick Mills.
Noah Vedral delivers a pass.
Offensive lineman Josh Wegener and Ethan Piper battle other linemen.
Gov. Pete Ricketts got a look at Wednesday's Husker football practice.
Dedrick Mills runs the ball.
Huskers players huddle outside briefly.
Jamie Nance carries the ball.
Wyatt Mazour battles while carrying the ball against Mosai Newsom and Simon Otte.
Jaylin Bradley is tackled by Garrett Nelson.
Andre Hunt locks eyes with Cam Taylor.
Rahmir Johnson runs through a strand of light.