In Nebraska, will the 3rd time be the charm for medical cannabis?

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Medical cannabis activists in Nebraska have officially launched their third petition drive, aiming to collect enough signatures to put the legalization of medical cannabis to voters on the general election ballot in November 2024.

THE Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana will collect signatures for two legislative proposals:

  • The Medical Cannabis Regulation Act, which would create the Nebraska Medical Cannabis Commission, to regulate medical cannabis businesses in the state
  • The Patient Protection Act (Patient Protection Act) which would ensure that consumers and their caregivers do not face legal consequences when using medical cannabis recommended by a healthcare provider

Both petitions require 87,000 valid signatures from registered voters.

Signatures must come from at least 5 percent of registered voters representing at least 38 of Nebraska’s 93 counties. The group did not achieve this in 2022.

On his first attempt, Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana collected enough signatures to put the question before voters on the 2020 ballot, but the state Supreme Court ruled the measure was unconstitutional.

Crista Eggers, campaign manager, said the group will keep trying.

“There was never any question that we wouldn’t come back a third time,” Crista Eggers said in a statement. “This is not an issue we can give up on; it is for people’s lives that we are fighting. »

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