A campaign is underway to get the legalization of medical marijuana on the 2020 Nebraska ballot. Lincoln State Senators Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld filed the initial paperwork Thursday. Senator Morfeld says this paves the way for the formation of a ballot committee that will work with national organizations to conduct public opinion research and come back with language and submit for filing in the 2020 election.
The issue of recreational marijuana use was also addressed. Senator Morfeld says, “That is certainly a possibility but right now our focus is on definitely making sure medical marijuana is legalized. Depending on what we hear from Nebraskans. What we hear from polling. Depending on what we hear from the steering committee, it could be broader.”
Senator Morfeld says the legislature isn’t getting the ball rolling on this issue so he and Senator Wishart will. He says, “We are doing this because the legislature has failed to take action despite the fact that medical marijuana, in particular, has the broad support of Nebraskans. If the legislature won’t do what they should do then we are going to take it to the ballot.”
Senator Morfeld says this will not only provide medical relief to hundreds of Nebraskans who are traveling to other states for medical marijuana, it will also help the state’s bank account. He says this is also a proven way to provide property tax relief and education funding statewide.