A group calling for medical marijuana in Nebraska is saying it has collected enough signatures to force a vote on the issue. Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana says it has collected signatures from more than 10-percent of the state's registered voters to put their constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot. Officials say the campaign also collected signatures from at least five-percent of registered voters in 48 of the state's 93 counties.
UPDATE, 8/28: Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen says activists collected enough valid petition signatures to qualify the measure for the general-election ballot. Evnen, a Republican, rejected a request by marijuana opponents to block the measure, as he did this week with a proposal to allow casino gambling. Evnen says opponents raised several valid points about problems with the ballot measure’s language, but he ultimately concluded that it met all the legal requirements necessary to go before voters.