PAPILLION -- Nicole Hochstein's 11-year-old son is electrically shocked every 30 seconds. Four parts of his brain have been removed. And every time he has a seizure, he becomes less of himself. 

LB474 was introduced last week by State Senator Anna Wishart of Lancaster County (District 27) in order to legalize what Hochstein says is a medicinal solution to his epilepsy: cannabis. 

She said she was originally inspired by a young girl who had epilepsy and studies showed how cannabis can help. 

But while 70% of Nebraska voters support medical cannabis, according to a 2017 study, LB474 is facing significant pushback from politicians in Lincoln.

"If you legalize marijuana, you're going to kill your kids," Governor Pete Ricketts said last week. 

Hochstein said this attitude of equating LB474 to allowing street drugs is out of line.

"I would love for anyone to read the side effects of the medications he's on already," she said, listing suicidal tendencies among physical ailments. Her son, Jayen, even takes medications for the side effects of the drugs he is prescribed, she said.

"The side effects of cannabis are all positive," Hochstein said.

Sen. Wishart noted the bill does not legalize recreational cannabis. Nor does it allow for teens to access it. She cited the American Medical Journal, saying legalized medical cannabis does not increase teen use. 

"The FDA has legalized a form of cannabis," Wishart said, "because it has been shown to be an effective treatment [...]  Frankly, people are self-medicating in the state already. It would be better if they had a safe and regulated measure to talk with their doctors about that," Wishart said.

She continued that beyond helping these families, it could be a boost for Nebraska's economy.

"It will be an opportunity for farmers to grow a new product, new businesses will open, and there will be fewer workers' comp. People are able to work more because they're experiencing less pain," she said.

Wishart expects the proposal to ultimately pass through a ballot initiative by the people, rather than through LB474. Why? Mostly, because she is confident Gov. Ricketts would veto it if it makes it past this next step.

"There is no such thing as medical cannabis [...] It affects the development of a child's brain," Ricketts stated in August of 2020. 

Hochstein argued the opposite; that her son is losing more of his cognitive abilities the longer he goes without medical cannabis.

"Every seizure is another possibility for [Sudden Epileptic Death Syndrome] and causes more brain damage. He's running out of time and options," she said. 

Dr. Lisa Perrin with Columbus Community Hospital said cannabis could be a solution, but that it needs regulation. 

"In my professional opinion, there is medical benefits for cannabis in certain situations but it is also still a drug like a methamphetamine and would need to be monitored [...] It shouldn't be on shelves for just anyone," Perrin said.

Hochstein has tried every other type of drug; based on living in states where it was legal, she said, she knows his symptoms would be alleviated by cannabis. Hochstein doesn't want to have to leave Nebraska again.

"I believe in Nebraska," she said.