Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana ramps up petition drive to get issue on the ballot
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana is making a final push to get its two initiatives onto the November ballot.
One petition focuses on giving patients the right to use medical cannabis when a doctor deems it a necessary treatment, while the second one deals with the production of cannabis.
In a press conference on Friday, members of the group said they are starting a grassroots approach to getting the needed signatures.
“We are one of the only states in the country that treats patients like criminals and does not have a safe and effective legal cannabis system in our state for people who are sick and suffering,” Sen. Anna Wishart said.
After losing a major donor who paid for people to collect signatures, the nonprofit is hoping to get help from volunteers across the state.
Right now, the group has collected around 25,000 signatures for each petition. They each need about 87,000 signatures to be put on the ballot.
Wishart, along with Sen. Adam Morfeld, is pushing for people to come out and get petitions signed in their communities.
“It is unprecedented to have something like medical cannabis that unites so many people regardless of where they live in the state and regardless of age and gender, regardless of their political affiliation. Overwhelmingly, Nebraskans want to see cannabis legalized in our state,” Wishart said.
The collected signatures will need to be submitted by July 7. Morfeld said that means the group will need to collect about 2,500 signatures per day to qualify for the ballot.
“It is too important to so many Nebraskans who are battling cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and PTSD and all of the other issues where this plant-based medicine has shown to be effective,” Wishart said.
To learn more about Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana, go to nmm2022.org.