Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana kicked off a signature drive Saturday to put medical marijuana on the November 2022 ballot. The Nebraska Supreme Court shot down the last effort, over the single subject rule.
This time around, the campaign group is collecting signatures for two different medical Cannabis initiatives, reports KOLN.
The reason for two initiatives instead of one is to simplify them, following the single subject rule outlined by the state’s top court.
The first initiative requires a written recommendation from a licensed health care provider to use medical marijuana. The second establishes the Nebraska Medical Cannabis Commission, reports Marijuana Moment. It protects businesses, allowing them to grow and distribute medical Cannabis to patients who qualify.
Nebraska State Senators Join Signature Drive
About 250 volunteers gathered signatures from Nebraska voters ahead of Saturday’s football game. Among those involved in the signature drive were state senators Adam Morefeld and Anna Wishart.
“A lot of people feel personally let down by this being kicked off of the ballot last year,” Sen. Wishart said. “So, there is a fire in a lot of Nebraskans to seek us out and come sign. Not only that, they want to volunteer and support.”
“If today is any indication, we won’t have any problem getting the signatures,” said state Sen. Adam Morfeld. He joined Sen. Wishart collecting signatures Saturday, reports KETV.
“It’s definitely more time consuming, more expensive because we have two petitions instead of one,” Sen. Morfeld said. “But it’s worthwhile because we need to make sure that it gets on the ballot and that it passes legal muster.”
And Here We Go: Deadline July 7, 2022
Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana will need to collect 87,000 valid signatures for each of the two petitions.
The signatures must be turned in to the Secretary of State by July 7, 2022 to qualify for the November 2022 ballot.