The group points to research showing the potential for medical marijuana to alleviate seizures
LINCOLN, NE — The Epilepsy Foundation of Nebraska has announced it is supporting a 2020 ballot measure that would establish a constitutional right for patients to use and access medical marijuana with approval from their practitioner. The endorsement comes at a critical time, as Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana works to expand its coalition and signature gathering efforts across the state.
“There’s compelling evidence that medical cannabis can be effective in controlling and reducing the frequency of seizures,” said Kristi Berst, executive director of Epilepsy Foundation Nebraska. “When other treatments don’t work, patients and doctors should have the option to try medical cannabis. We believe this initiative will help provide relief to many families in Nebraska, and that’s why we’re wholeheartedly supporting it.”
The Epilepsy Foundation is the leading national voluntary health organization that speaks on behalf of the approximately 3.4 million Americans, including 19,600 Nebraskans, living with epilepsy and seizures. Through the Foundation’s nationwide network, the organization has previously backed medical cannabis proposals in other states, including in Florida, Missouri, and Virginia.
Sen. Anna Wishart, co-chair of Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana, commented, “We’re thrilled to earn this endorsement and welcome Epilepsy Foundation of Nebraska into our growing coalition. It’s heartbreaking to see children and others struggling with seizures while a potential treatment option remains banned in our state. We have confidence that support for our initiative will only increase as voters learn more about the potential for medical marijuana to help people with epilepsy and other serious health conditions.”
To qualify for the ballot, the committee must gather approximately 122,000 voter signatures — 10% of the number of registered voters at the time the petition signatures are submitted — by July 2.
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Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana is political committee, led by state Senators Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, working to put a constitutional amendment initiative to legalize medical marijuana on the November 2020 ballot.