Nebraska marijuana activists announced on Wednesday that they have turned in a pair of complementary initiatives to legalize medical cannabis that they hope to place on the state’s 2022 ballot. The advocacy group Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana says it expects the secretary of state’s office to sign off on the language of the measures by the end of the month, after which point activists will be cleared to begin collecting the roughly 250,000 signatures required to qualify each of the initiatives. They will have until July 7, 2022, to turn in enough valid submissions. This is the group’s second time pursuing the ballot for cannabis reform. While they collected enough signatures to qualify a medical marijuana legalization measure for the 2020 ballot, the state Supreme Court invalidated it because it violated the single-subject rule for citizen initiatives. Activists aren’t taking any chances this round. The campaign—which is being led by a coalition of families, patients, and lawmakers—deliberately chose to take a bifurcated approach with the complementary proposals to the reform to avoid such a legal challenge.

Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 09/08/2021 11:02:00

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