Nebraskans Abandon 2016 Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative


Nebraska’s medical marijuana campaign has hit another major snag. On May 23, 2016, advocates pushing for medical marijuana in the state announced they would no longer be pursuing a 2016 ballot initiative due to prohibitive costs and not enough time.

“It required so darn much money to get something on the ballot,” state Sen. Tommy Garrett told the Lincoln Journal StarAccording to Garrett, it would have cost approximately $700,000 to $1,000,000 to pay for advertising/promotion, consultants and petition circulators.

At this point in the electoral calendar, advocates would have had less than 90 days to raise that sum and collect 81,136 valid signatures, a difficult task for even the most seasoned community organizer.

Despite this setback, plans for a future medical marijuana initiative in Nebraska are still underway and could appear on the ballot as early as 2018.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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