Legalize Nebraska

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As of February, 37 states, three territories and the District of Columbia had legalized the use of cannabis as a medicine, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. These include the neighboring states of Colorado, South Dakota and Missouri. Iowa and Wyoming have legalized low-dose cannabis and CBD-based medical devices. It was the second time in two years that an initiative to legalize medical marijuana failed to qualify for the Nebraska general election. LINCOLN — The next petition campaign to legalize medical marijuana could include allowing recreational use, a Nebraska for Medical Marijuana official said Monday. The Secretary of State`s office said the two petitions submitted were unsuccessful. A petition to legalize marijuana garnered 77,843 signatures and qualified in 26 counties. An accompanying petition to introduce medical marijuana regulation submitted 77,119 valid signatures and qualified in 27 counties. It seems like a long road. State lawmakers have failed to bring forward proposals to legalize medical cannabis, and Gov. Pete Ricketts — who leaves office in January due to term restrictions — is a staunch opponent of legalization.

Crista Eggers, left, Nebraska`s medical marijuana campaign coordinator, accepted other petitions from a volunteer, Samantha Chavez of Omaha, last month, when the petition deadline expired. (Paul Hammel/Nebraska Examiner) After years of inaction in the state legislature, the Nebraska for Medical Marijuana (NMM) polling committee has led efforts to let Nebraska voters decide the issue of medical cannabis. 7. In July of this year, after nine months of hard work, the coalition of families, patients and allies submitted more than 90,000 signatures to the Nebraska Secretary of State for each of the two medical cannabis voting initiatives. Possession is illegal in Nebraska. Possession of an ounce or less is an offence punishable by a fine of up to $300, and the judge can order the offender to take a drug education course. A second conviction for possession of one ounce or less is an offence punishable by a fine of up to $500, and the third conviction and subsequent convictions for possession of one ounce or less are an offence punishable by up to seven days` imprisonment and a fine of up to $500. Unlike two other initiative petitions this year, which each submitted more than 160,000 signatures and used paid professional petition distributors, Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana primarily used volunteers. Medical cannabis can provide relief to Nebrascans who are suffering. We are one of thousands of families and patients who need access.

Eggers said she was trying to find the words to inform her 7-year-old son, Colton, who suffers from multiple seizures, that the initiative had failed again. For years, an energetic movement for more compassionate cannabis laws has developed across the state. With your help, we will win in 2022 through a series of election initiatives. We hope this website will serve as a resource for you to get information, get involved and get in touch! Thank you for your support. Let us fight for the common good. We need to collect over 200,000 signatures for our initiatives to be eligible. You can be part of our grassroots campaign! Contact Us: Let us know if you`d like to join the fight for a reasonable marijuana policy in Nebraska by emailing state@mpp.org. Please let us know if you are a doctor, a critically ill patient, or a relative of a patient or someone else with a personal connection to the problem.

The campaign had hoped to raise significant resources to fund a strong signature campaign, but a series of personal tragedies prevented major donors from contributing to the effort. Despite this setback, the campaign`s huge volunteer base managed to collect an impressive number of signatures. Last year, the campaign decided to submit two legislative initiatives — one that would allow qualified patients to possess medical cannabis and the other to establish a regulated market for medical cannabis — after a 2020 Nebraska Supreme Court ruling rejected an earlier constitutional vote measure for medical cannabis, arguing that it contained more than one topic. The failure of the petition campaign was a bitter defeat for the medical marijuana group, which two years ago garnered more than enough signatures to qualify a single initiative for voters. But it was drawn from the Nebraska Supreme Court vote, which ruled that elective language violated the state`s „single subject“ rule. „Today`s highly potent and bio-modified marijuana and THC products, such as edibles, vapes and concentrates, serve a purpose: to connect a generation of addicts to a drug marketed for profit,“ the statement added. A leading anti-marijuana group said Nebraskians „have not been deceived by the marijuana industry`s attempt to market drug use under the guise of `medicine,`“ according to a statement from Smart Approaches to Marijuana. The marijuana group`s latest campaign spending report showed about $146,000 in spending, compared to $1.77 million spent by Citizens for Voter ID and $1.49 million spent on Raise the Wage Nebraska. Thank you very much! Check your inbox for regular campaign updates! We hope you can support our campaign with a donation. The lack of funds to hire paid professional petition distributors has been blamed in part for the failure of this year`s Nebraska medical marijuana petition campaign. „I hope elected officials will pay attention,“ she said. „They have the power to do something.“ While medical marijuana has always been at the center of her group, adding adult-use recreational marijuana would attract larger donations needed to put a medical marijuana issue on the ballot, she said.

Whether it`s a neighbor, loved one, or friend, most Nebraska know someone who is struggling with a serious health condition. But medical cannabis is not an option in our state, even if a doctor recommends it. She said pro-medical marijuana forces will launch a new petition campaign as soon as possible. Cultivation is not allowed. Cultivation penalties in Nebraska are based on the total weight of plants found. Eggers said she hopes the legislature will hold a special session this fall to pass a medical marijuana bill. „It`s not out of the question how we do it,“ said Eggers, whose son suffers from up to 100 epileptic seizures a day. „I am a parent, and I will do whatever it takes and go to the ends of the earth to help my child.“ On Monday, one such group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, pointed out that a new report from the National Institutes of Health concluded that marijuana use has reached the highest level ever, with daily use by young adults doubling over the past decade.

There is no medical marijuana program or other patient allowances in Nebraska. Eggers said about half a million Nebraskians have signed petitions to allow a vote on medical marijuana. Eggers said that despite the failure of 2022, she was very proud of the efforts that led to more than 90,000 signatures collected. „He asks me every night, `Do we have enough signatures to get me the medicine I need?` Eggers said. Recreational marijuana is allowed in 19 states, two territories and the District of Columbia. She said she was willing to endure criticism from anti-marijuana groups who said the push for medical marijuana is a precursor to the search for full legalization. Each initiative requires about 87,000 signatures of valid voters to qualify for the vote, and state officials are expected to make an announcement by the end of August on the certification of the measures. Nebraska`s office of the secretary of state said Monday that two medical marijuana petitions filed by Nebraska failed to collect the necessary valid signatures from 86,776 voters and did not meet another requirement — at least 5 percent of registered voters in 38 of the state`s 93 counties for their two petitions. Crista Eggers, who coordinated the medical marijuana initiative that failed to qualify for Monday`s November vote, said there will certainly be discussions about legalizing medical and recreational cannabis. „We`re going to regroup, we`re going to suffer and we`re going to cry and we`re going to be angry, but then we`re going to put the anger that we`re feeling today into action,“ Eggers said.