Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana gain 30,000 signatures in 5 days

Representatives say they need 5,000 more to secure their place on the ballot

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The day before signatures are due to secure their spot on November’s ballot, Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana are still seeking around 5,000 signatures.

The group asked for 35,000 signatures before Thursday‘s deadline at the beginning of July and says they acquired 30,000 of those signatures in five days.

By noon on Thursday, the group needs about 87,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot.

“As of early Wednesday morning, we are hovering around the raw number of 87,000 required signatures,” Sen. Anna Wishart said. “At least 5,000 more Nebraskans need to go out TODAY and sign to push us over the required amount and assure we have the necessary signatures to succeed.”

In June, a federal judge issued an injunction lowering the requirement for petition initiatives.

Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana and campaign manager Crista Eggers had filed a lawsuit alleging that the multicounty signature requirement violated the United States Constitution.

The judge agreed and blocked the requirement, but the state is appealing the ruling.

See also: Judge issues injunction in Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana petition lawsuit

“Nebraskans hold the power to bring this across the finish line so that suffering patients in our state finally have the option of medical cannabis,” said Eggers. “Please, go sign. If not for your own family, for the many families who are suffering without access to this life-saving treatment.”

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