Nebraska State Senators Announce Petition to Legalize Medical Marijuana

December 13, 2018 - 12:50pm

Two Nebraska state senators have announced the creation of a campaign committee to put a constitutional amendment for medical marijuana on the 2020 ballot.


Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws, led by Lincoln lawmakers Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, will try to get enough signatures to put a constitutional amendment before voters in 2020 that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes. The committee will receive support from the Marijuana Policy Project, a national group that has helped similar marijuana ballot initiatives in states like Maine, Michigan and Nevada.

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State Senator Morfeld said medical marijuana is long overdue in the state.

“As a member of the judiciary committee for the last four years who has seen veterans, family members and children come in who are suffering from chronic illnesses but not able to get care – the only care that has been proven to work for them – is really heartbreaking," Morfeld said. "I think that’s the number one reason, is that we need to make sure that our veterans, children and fellow Nebraskans have every type of care available to them and their doctor, and let them make that decision.”

Morfeld said while the medical marijuana constitutional amendment is a top priority, the committee is also exploring the state’s appetite for a broader marijuana constitutional amendment.

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