Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana collect signatures on 4/20

Roughly 87,000 signatures need to be collected in by July 7 in order for medical marijuana initiatives to be put on the state’s general election ballot this November.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lia Post has been advocating for legal medical marijuana for almost a decade.

“I’m here suffering so other people don’t have to suffer,” Post said. “That’s it.”

Post says she uses marijuana illegally in the state of Nebraska to manage her complex regional pain syndrome, an illness that overstimulates the central nervous system.

“I have chronic, never-ending pain in my upper left quadrant,” Post said.

“I am a criminal in this state for not wanting to be an opioid addict.”

Post says she used to take 15 different prescription drugs at a time in an attempt to manage her pain.

It’s the reason why Post has decided to volunteer with Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana.

Campaign coordinator Crista Eggers says her seven year old son Colton’s struggle with drug-resistant epilepsy inspired her to lead the charge for medical marijuana in Nebraska.

“Nothing has controlled his seizures and so I’m here because I’m fighting for him and fighting for a better life for him,” Eggers said.

Eggers and her team of volunteers are gathering signatures for two ballot initiatives:

The Patient Protection Act, which would allow patients to talk to a doctor to see if medical marijuana is an option for them.

The Medical Cannabis Regulation Act, which would establish a commission to regulate businesses that provide marijuana to patients.

Opponents of medical marijuana in the state, a list that includes Gov. Pete Ricketts and Sheriff Terry Wagner, have said that opening the door for medical marijuana will lead to bad outcomes for Nebraskans.

“If you legalize marijuana, you’re going to kill your kids,” Ricketts said in March of 2021.

“My understanding is that every state that has recreational marijuana started with medicinal marijuana,” Wagner told Channel 8 in September of 2020. “There is no such thing as medicinal marijuana. It’s not just a peaceful little drug that people think it might be.”

Eggers maintains her focus is on getting patients like her son the option to explore if medical marijuana can help treat their conditions.

“This ballot initiative is about bringing safe access to a plant-based medication,” she said. “That’s all we’re about.”

Roughly 87,000 signatures need to be collected in by July 7 in order for the measures to be put on the state’s general election ballot this November.

Eggers says Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana has gathered more than 20,000 signatures in support of the two petitions.

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