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The Status of Cannabis Legalization in Nebraska
Both medical and recreational marijuana have been illegal in Nebraska since 1927. Despite a recent survey of voters commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project that showed 77 percent of Nebraskans would vote yes to allow medical cannabis, lawmakers have been unable bring the issue to the legislative floor.
In 2015, the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act would have allowed certain patients with a physician’s recommendation to use marijuana in liquid or pill form for medical purposes only. Patients with a small list of qualifying conditions, such as glaucoma, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C, would have been eligible. The bill passed 27-12. However, in 2016 it was blocked by a filibuster and was opposed by Gov. Pete Ricketts and Attorney General Doug Peterson. An attempt to introduce a Nebraska Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative to the 2018 ballot failed. It would eliminate all fines and penalties for possession of one ounce (1 oz., or 28.35 grams) or less of marijuana.
The committee, lead by Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, both of Lincoln, filed its initial paperwork with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.
In addition to Wishart and Morfeld serving as co-chairs, the politically diverse campaign committee includes:
Elizabeth Seacrest, campaign treasurer and registered Independent; Dexter Schrodt, campaign committee member and registered Republican; John Cartier, campaign committee member and registered Democrat; and Matthew Schweich, deputy director for the Marijuana Policy Project, a leading national marijuana reform organization. Schweich has helped lead five successful marijuana-related ballot initiatives over the past two election cycles in Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, and Utah.
The next steps for Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws include forming steering committees, initiative drafting, fundraising, and conducting public opinion research.
The committee plans to meet with families in Nebraska who have been pushing for medical marijuana legislation. If the group is able to collect around 120,000 signatures of registered voters from a number of Nebraska counties the whole state would vote on it during the presidential election of 2020.