Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana turns in over 90,000 signatures for both petitions
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A group hoping to get two medical marijuana initiatives on the November ballot has submitted over 90,000 signatures for both petitions, Sen. Adam Morfeld said.
Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana made a final push to get as many signatures as possible before the Thursday deadline.
The group said it submitted over 90,000 signatures for each petition, just above the 87,000 required by the state.
One petition focuses on giving patients the right to use medical cannabis when a doctor deems it necessary, while the second one deals with the production of cannabis.
Today we submitted over 90,000 signatures for both medical marijuana petitions!!
Each petition and signature contained a story about a Nebraskan in need or a family member suffering.
So proud of our small donor and volunteer effort. A historic first. pic.twitter.com/DLY9hEHeCs
— State Senator Adam Morfeld (@Adam_Morfeld) July 7, 2022
The signatures will still need to be verified, which could take months.
“Every signature represents a person who had the guts to go out and ask and a person who had the heart to sign,” Sen. Anna Wishart wrote in a Tweet.
It’s official, we turned in 184,000+ signatures to put medical cannabis on the ballot. We will know in the coming months if it was enough to qualify. Every signature represents a person who had the guts to go out and ask and a person who had the heart to sign. Thank you Nebraska. pic.twitter.com/oXFBWjL4JC
— Senator Anna Wishart (@NebraskaAnna) July 7, 2022
After losing a major donor, the nonprofit had to start a grassroots approach to get the required number of signatures to be put on the ballot.
The group faced another setback on Wednesday when a court ruled against it in a lawsuit over the multicounty signature requirement.
The ruling means that petitions will need signatures from 5% of voters in at least 38 counties to qualify for this year’s ballot.