Nebraska senators want to legalize marijuana via ballot initiative
A couple of state senators formed a new campaign committee aimed at changing marijuana laws in Nebraska.
Senators Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld announced the newly formed group, Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws, Thursday morning.
The purpose of the group is to run a 2020 ballot initiative to rework existing laws via a constitutional amendment, ultimately to "prioritize the right" for Nebraskan residents to use medical marijuana.
The committee filed its initial paperwork with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission Thursday morning, according to a news release.
“Today is the first step towards establishing a compassionate medical marijuana law for sick and suffering Nebraskans,” Wishart said.
Wishart and others have sponsored medical marijuana bills in the past, which have failed.
“Thirty-two states have already adopted effective medical marijuana laws, and Nebraska will soon be joining their ranks," Wishart said.
Medical marijuana is allowed in various degrees in 32 states.
“Elected officials have had their opportunity to take action and failed," Morfeld said. "Patients cannot wait any longer, and it’s now time for Nebraska voters to decide this issue.”
The new committee includes republicans, democrats, and independents, along with a marijuana reform activist.
The group will begin forming steering committees, initiative drafting, fundraising and surveying public opinion across the state, according to the release.