Nebraska Activists Unveil Plan To Put Medical Marijuana On The Ballot After Losing Key Funders

Nebraska Activists Unveil Plan To Put Medical Marijuana On The Ballot After Losing Key Funders
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Nebraska activists are restructuring their campaign to put medical marijuana legalization on the ballot after losing key funding. Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana aimed to raise $1 million so that it could hire paid signature canvassers, but after the death of one key donor and terminal diagnosis of another, the campaign is left with just about $30,000 on hand. Advocates—including state Sens. Anna Wishart (D) and Adam Morfeld (D), who serve as campaign co-chairs—recognize that the funding situation isn’t ideal, but they’re confident that a volunteer-driven grassroots approach will be successful—if enough supporters step up to participate. The campaign held a virtual press conference on Friday to detail their new plan to qualify a pair of cannabis initiatives for the November ballot. One initiative would require lawmakers to codify protections for doctors who recommend cannabis and patients who purchase and possess it. The other would mandate legislative action to safeguard marijuana businesses that supply the product. “Where there is a will, there is a way for us to get this done,” Wishart said at the presser on Friday. “I can’t tell you how important it is for Nebraskans to recognize that no longer can they rely on someone finding them to sign this petition—we have to flip the script and people have to go and find places to sign.” The reason that the measures are narrowly tailored and bifurcated is because activists want to avoid the type of legal challenge that led the state Supreme Court to invalidate a prior medical cannabis legalization measure that they successfully collected more than enough signatures for to qualify for the 2020 ballot. The court ruled that year that the initiative violated the single-subject rule for ballot measures because it took a comprehensive approach to setting regulations for the program. For each of the new…

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