Nebraska State Senators File Initiative to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Two state senators tired of their peers’ inaction on the issue have announced the creation of a 2020 ballot measure campaign to put the future of medical pot in the hands of Nebraskan voters. Lincoln’s Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld submitted the paperwork to establish campaign committee Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws on Thursday morning. The measure will look to create a constitutional amendment that would ensure the right to medical cannabis, a feat that’s proven difficult to accomplish previously in the state’s legislature.

“Today is the first step towards establishing a compassionate medical marijuana law for sick and suffering Nebraskans,” said Senator Wishart. “Thirty-two states have already adopted effective medical marijuana laws, and Nebraska will soon be joining their ranks.”

Early supporters include the Marijuana Policy Project, which helped to fund victories for similar measures in Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, and Utah. The senators’ efforts are also backed by a politically diverse coalition. The measure’s campaign committee includes registered independents, Republicans, and Democrats.

Marijuana Policy Project deputy director Matthew Schweich is also on the campaign committee.  “Medical marijuana is a bipartisan issue that enjoys strong support across the country, including in conservative states like Nebraska,” he said. “We are

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