Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana Picks Up Signature Steam For Ballot Initiative

Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana Picks Up Signature Steam For Ballot Initiative
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<![CDATA[Despite the heavy lift associated with losing major donors and challenging a constitutional signature gathering statute, a group of medical cannabis legalization advocates indicated major strides this week in Nebraska.Proponents of Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana (NMM), a grassroots effort to place two medical cannabis legalization initiatives on the state’s November ballot, announced June 2 they doubled their signature count—to roughly 40,000 for each measure—in just the past two weeks. RELATED: Nebraska Group Files Two Medical Cannabis Initiatives with Secretary of State State Sen. Anna Wishart, D-Lincoln, a co-sponsor of the petitions, also announced Thursday that the group raised $50,000, recruited more than 100 paid volunteer circulators to help collect signatures and qualified 15 of Nebraska’s 93 counties also in just the past two weeks. The group has until July 7 to gather roughly 87,000 valid signatures from registered voters for each measure to qualify for the ballot. Wishart told the Lincoln Journal Star the group is on track to hit that deadline.   “We are really pulling together a campaign,” she said, “and we’ve got a ton of people who have gotten out of the house to come grab a petition and collect signatures.” That progress comes on the heels of NMM losing two of its biggest donors from its 2020 election push, when the group collected the required signatures for that year’s ballot only to have the Nebraska Supreme Court rule that the petition violated the single-subject rule in the state Constitution. Since then, one campaign donor died in a plane crash and another was diagnosed with a terminal illness, leaving the group well short of the $1 million proponents hoped to have at their disposal for gathering signatures, Cannabis Business Times reported last month. In addition, NMM filed a lawsuit last month challenging the state’s constitutional statute that…

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