Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana is a political committee supporting a 2022 constitutional ballot measure that would establish the right to medical cannabis in Nebraska. The group is also working to place a measure to legalize cannabis for adults on the ballot.
Nebraska law permits citizens to bring forward constitutional amendments for approval on the ballot. To qualify for placement on the ballot, supporters of a constitutional measure must collect signatures from voters equivalent to at least 10% of the electorate in Nebraska at the time the signatures are submitted. To qualify for the 2022 ballot, approximately 125,000 valid signatures will be needed. Once the measure has been approved for the ballot, a simple majority is required for it to become law, provided the number of affirmative votes cast for the measure is greater than 35% of the total votes cast in the election.
The proposed constitutional amendment is straighforward and simple. It states that Nebraskans have a right to use cannabis for medical purposes
The proposed constitutional amendment does not specify a list of health conditions that would qualify for medical cannabis. Supportive legislation, codified either by complentary statutory ballot measures or laws passed by the Nebraska legislature, would likely be needed to create a functional medical cannabis program and ensure the right established by the constitutional ballot measure.
Our campaign is supported by hundreds of individual donors across Nebraska and allied organizations. Campaign finance statements are publicly available on the website of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.
Our political system in the United States is one of dual sovereignty, and many states have adopted policies that differ significantly from federal marijuana laws. Though marijuana remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act, a total of 33 other states have legalized the use of medical marijuana for patients with serious health conditions. Since 2014, Congress has consistently approved spending bills that prohibit federal agencies from actively interfering with state-legal medical marijuana programs.