Nebraska Activists Call For Donors And Volunteers For Medical Marijuana Ballot Campaign After Funding Setback

Nebraska Activists Call For Donors And Volunteers For Medical Marijuana Ballot Campaign After Funding Setback
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“If any campaign can do it solely with a grassroots signature drive, it’s ours.”  By Paul Hammel, Nebraska Examiner An initiative petition drive seeking to legalize medical cannabis in Nebraska has issued an urgent plea for donations and volunteers after reportedly losing a major contributor. In an email to supporters on Wednesday, Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana said that due to “a personal and tragic circumstance,” a “committed donor” is no longer able to fund its petition drive this year. The email called on supporters to “show our grit” by volunteering to pass petitions, or helping raise $500,000 to finance paid petition circulators by May 1. State Sen. Adam Morfeld (D) of Lincoln, a leader of the petition drive, said Thursday that Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana is confident additional funds can be raised “to fill the gap.” Terminal illness “Our campaign has an incredible amount of grassroots support,” Morfeld said. “We have hundreds of well-organized volunteers who are out gathering signatures, and more supporters sign up to help every day.” He declined to name the major funder who can’t support the cause, but did say that a terminal illness prevented the donation. Morfeld called it “possible, but very difficult” to qualify an initiative for the ballot without using paid circulators, but “if any campaign can do it solely with a grassroots signature drive, it’s ours.” The development is a major setback for an effort that collected more than 122,000 signatures two years ago to qualify for the ballot, but was kicked off by the Nebraska Supreme Court. The court ruled that the initiative’s language violated the state’s “single-subject” rule, which requires a ballot issue to contain no more than one subject. Ricketts opposed The petition drive faces major pushback from Gov. Pete Ricketts (R), who maintains that legalizing medical marijuana is the…

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