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Harris Bricken

A political party focused on legalizing marijuana can now run candidates and claim registered voters in Nebraska after it gained official state recognition. Secretary of State Bob Evnen says the Legal Marijuana NOW Party has met the requirements to qualify as a political party. The designation allows voters to register with the party, and party officials can nominate candidates for partisan offices. Activists Mark Elworth Jr. and Krystal Gabel, who frequently run for public office, say they collected more than 10,000 signatures over four years to gain party status.

Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska officials are speaking out against a bill that could legalize medical marijuana in the state.  Governor Pete Ricketts, Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley and former University of Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne hosted a news conference yesterday to voice their opposition to the proposal.  Ricketts mentioned several young people who died after consuming marijuana products.  Osborne noted that he has mentored people whose lives have been negatively impacted by the drug.

Omaha World Herald

Federal drug agents say the seizure of illegal drugs in Nebraska surged last year and warn that methamphetamine and the powerful painkiller fentanyl remain dangerous threats in the state. The Omaha field division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says in a news release that authorities in Nebraska seized 421 pounds (191 kilograms) of meth last year — a jump of 68% from the year before. Officials also seized 4,644 pounds (2,106.5 kilograms) of marijuana, six times the amount seized the year prior.

Medical Marijuana To Be On November Ballot

Aug 27, 2020

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.

A former Nebraska lawmaker and anti-marijuana activist has won confirmation to the state's public health board despite criticism from advocates who are pushing a November ballot measure to legalize the drug for medicinal use. Lawmakers voted 32-3 Thursday to approve John Kuehn for a seat on the 17-member Nebraska Board of Health. Kuehn is a close ally of Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, who appointed him to the seat. Both men strongly oppose legalizing marijuana.

As health officials scrutinize marijuana vaping, it’s increasingly on law enforcement’s radar, too. Authorities across the country have seized at least a half-million marijuana vape cartridges and arrested more than 120 people in the last two years. That’s according to an Associated Press tally derived from interviews, court records, news accounts and official releases. Vaping has gained ground in the last few years among marijuana users as a discreet alternative to smoking the drug.

MAXWELL, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Patrol says troopers have seized 91 pounds of marijuana found in a sport utility vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near the western Nebraska town of Maxwell.

(Lincoln, NE)  --  State legislators are considering a bill that would legalize access to cannabis for medical use.  Senator Anna Wishart introduced LB 110 this week after the 2019 legislative session opened on Wednesday.  The District 27 democrat says the bill comes in response to her experience with residents suffering from disease or illness who need access to this type of medication.  She says she hopes lawmakers can agree on a sustainable medical cannabis system this year.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state senator is proposing a ballot measure that would give Nebraska voters the chance to legalize medical marijuana in November.