Nebraska Activists Submit Two Medical Marijuana Initiatives For 2022 Ballot

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Nebraska marijuana activists announced on Wednesday that they have turned in a pair of complementary initiatives to legalize medical cannabis that they hope to place on the state’s 2022 ballot. The advocacy group Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana says it expects the secretary of state’s office to sign off on the language of the measures by the end of the month, after which point activists will be cleared to begin collecting the roughly 250,000 signatures required to qualify each of the initiatives. They will have until July 7, 2022 to turn in enough valid submissions. This is the group’s second time pursuing the ballot for cannabis reform. While they collected enough signatures to qualify a medical marijuana legalization measure for the 2020 ballot, the state Supreme Court invalidated it because it violated the single-subject rule for citizen initiatives. Activists aren’t taking any chances this round. The campaign—which is being led by a coalition of families, patients and lawmakers—deliberately chose to take a bifurcated approach with the complementary proposals to the reform to avoid such a legal challenge. One of the initiatives 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. The text has not been released yet, but the campaign says it intends to post the full measures after the state formally approves their language. A separate effort in the legislature this session stalled when supporters failed to muster enough votes to overcome a GOP-led filibuster. Jared Moffat, campaigns manager for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), which is helping to coordinate the state effort, told Marijuana Moment that his group is “really happy to see this campaign moving forward.” “It’s remarkable how much public support there…

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