The impressive efforts of the Nebraskan For Medical Marijuana Initiative has paid off. The initiative has made its way to the November election ballot.
It was a momentous milestone for Nebraska last week, the Nebraskan's For Medical Marijuana Initiative has made its way to the election ballot.
The feat came from submitting 182,000 signatures back in July to amend the Nebraskan Constitution. The revision will implement a medical marijuana program, giving patients the constitutional right to "use, access, and safely produce cannabis products" under the advisement of healthcare professionals.
The initiative began back in 2018 to make allowances under a compassionate clause for patients. Since then, the tireless efforts of the campaign's advocates have no doubt contributed to the success of the campaign.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, signature collection was put to a halt to during March and May 2020. This however, did not stop the campaign from receiving an overwhelming number of signatures.
In a Facebook post last Thursday, the Nebraskans For Medical Marijuana celebrated their success.
This is an unbelievable achievement, and we're ecstatic. But there's no time to waste. Nebraskans will begin casting their ballots next month, and we have to quickly ramp up our efforts to fight back against a very well-funded opposition campaign.Nebraskan's For Medical Marijuana
Once the initiative received the news that their efforts met the constitutional requirements, the Secretary of State, Bob Evnen needed to validate its addition to the ballot. The confirmation came the following day.
In his statement, the Secretary of State stipulated that the decision to add the amendment to the ballot was "a close call". He went on to say that there would be "no doubt" that the decision would become the catalyst for opposing challenges via the courts.
In fact, a lawsuit has already been filed to keep the initiative off the ballot in an attempt to prevent citizens from voting.
The lawsuit, filed by a local Nebraskan Sherif, is the result of a failed attempt to convince the Secretary of State that the initiative will create "confusion" regarding what will be authorised after the election.
This is not the first time that marijuana policy has been objected in an attempt to block citizen votes. Last month, another lawsuit was filed in Arizona in an attempt to block the adult-use initiative from reaching the election ballot.
As it stands, a similar trend is appearing in which anti-cannabis advocates are using fear-mongering to withhold the public from their constitutional right to vote.
The Nebraskan's For Medical Marijuana commented on the lawsuit, urging its advocates for their continuing support to "ensure the constitutional rights of Nebraskans to vote on this issue are upheld."
The success of the initiative is a milestone in the movement towards cannabis policy reform. The decision will be made from state citizens rather than at the mercy of its political leaders.
The right for patient access to medical marijuana is now finally in the hands of Nebraskan citizens. Whether or not the amendment will be voted in is another story.
Based on the support alone, however, it's clear that Nebraska is ready to become the 34th U.S. state to allow patients the right to medical marijuana.
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