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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.

Grand Island Independent

Nebraska voters won’t get the chance to legalize medical marijuana this year after the state Supreme Court ruled that the measure set to appear on the November ballot is unconstitutional. The court’s ruling was a win for social conservatives, including Gov. Pete Ricketts, who argued that the state shouldn’t legalize a drug that isn’t approved by federal regulators. Justices concluded that the medical marijuana proposal violated Nebraska’s “single subject rule” for ballot measures, which bars activists from bunching multiple issues into a single yes-or-no question for voters to address.

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.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have kicked off a debate on a proposal to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes as activists push a much broader ballot measure that would place the issue before voters next year.

Supporters argued Wednesday that the legislative bill is narrowly tailored, with restrictions on how much users can possess and a ban on marijuana smoking.

Senators who oppose the measure say the drug is still illegal at the federal level and argue that its benefits and dangers haven't been fully studied.

(Gretna, NE)  --  Supporters of medical marijuana in Nebraska are trying to rally residents behind their cause.  Volunteers gathered in Gretna on Saturday evening to get petition signatures in an effort to get a proposal to legalize medical marijuana onto the 2020 ballot.  Petition organizers need to gather 150-thousand signatures to place their proposal before state voters.

(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.