Nebraska third party rallies for legalizing marijuana

Legal Marijuana NOW Party hosts its first rally of the year.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The Legal Marijuana NOW Party hosted its first rally of the year in Lincoln on Thursday.

The party aims to garner the support of Nebraskans in an effort to legalize marijuana use within the state.

The party has candidates running for two statewide offices this year in an effort to enact police bills that have been shut down by Nebraska leaders.

Gov. Pete Ricketts opposed medical marijuana legalization efforts last year.

“This is a dangerous drug that will impact our kids,” he said. “If you legalize marijuana, you’re going to kill your kids. That’s what the data shows around the country.”

Volunteers and supporters of the party argue that the benefits of the drug transcend recreational use.

Trish Petersen of Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana said it could be the difference between suffering from ailments and resolving problems.

“I’m doing this for the kids, for the families, for the patients, for these guys with PTSD that this plant can help,” she said. “And we are one of two states in the United States that doesn’t have a medical marijuana program.”

This will be the first year the Legal Marijuana NOW Party is on the ballot in Nebraska.

The primary is May 10.

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