Nebraska activists are reviving their effort to put medical marijuana legalization on the ballot.
As a reform bill from Sen. Anna Wishart (D) stalls in committee, Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana (NMM) submitted a pair of petitions to the secretary of state’s office on Thursday to get the 2024 ballot process underway.
This marks the campaign’s third attempt to have voters decided on medical cannabis legalization. Advocates collected enough signatures for ballot placement in 2020, but the measure was invalidated by the state Supreme Court following a single subject challenge. And they came up short on signatures for revised petitions amid a loss of critical funding in 2022.
“We have no choice but to keep petitioning our government,” Crista Eggers, co-chair of the NMM campaign, said in a press release. “The Legislature refuses to act despite the will of over 80 percent of Nebraskans (from all parties, regions, ages, etc) supporting this.”
“For over 10 years we’ve advocated, educated and fought, trying to do it the right way, though our elected leaders in the Unicameral, and every year we come up empty handed,” she said. “So we will go to the ballot once again.”
Wishart told Marijuana Moment on Thursday that
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