Nebraska Medical Marijuana Advocates Reveal Updated 2022 Ballot Strategy Featuring Two Separate Initiatives

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Activists in Nebraska unveiled a new strategy this week in their effort to legalize medical marijuana through the ballot box next year, announcing that they’ll seek to qualify a pair of complementary initiatives to put before voters. The bifurcated approach is an effort to avoid running afoul of the state’s single-issue rule for citizen initiatives, a policy led the state Supreme Court last year to invalidate a medical cannabis legalization measure that had qualified for the 2020 general election. A separate effort in the legislature this session stalled when supporters failed to muster enough votes to overcome a GOP-led filibuster. In the aftermath, Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana said in June that the group was drafting multiple, complementary ballot initiatives in addition to an extremely short constitutional amendment that would simply declare people “in the state of Nebraska shall have the right to cannabis in all its forms for medical purposes.” But the group now tells the Lincoln Journal Star it will scrap that pared-down language in favor of two separate statutory initiatives that would “work in unison”: One would direct the legislature to pass a bill establishing legal protections for patients and doctors around cannabis, while the other would require lawmakers to pass legislation allowing private companies to produce and sell medical marijuana products. State Sen. Anna Wishart (D), who also co-chairs Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana, told the paper that the two-pronged approach was designed to withstand legal challenges. “Our main goal is putting in place language that we feel absolutely confident in,” Wishart said, “that we have looked at every type of potential challenge could come and we feel we have addressed it.” The senator also introduced a medical marijuana legalization bill during the state’s legislative session, but opponents defeated it. Wishart and Sen. Adam Morfeld (D) announced in…

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