Nebraska Medical Marijuana Amendment (2014)

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The Nebraska Medical Marijuana Amendment will not appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Nebraska as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have allowed patients to use, possess and grow marijuana for medical purposes with a doctor’s recommendation.[1]

The petition was filed by NORML Nebraska on July 17, 2012.[1]

Proponents did not collect enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot.[2]

Support

NORML Nebraska led the campaign in support of the measure.

Arguments

NORML Nebraska's John Smith said, "I’ve actually looked at the science behind it. The areas that have medical marijuana, teen use is going down and the crime rate is going down. As far as the gateway theory, that’s been disproven by many scientists, over and over again, I think since about 1999... We want the freedom for adults to have the right to use cannabis if they choose. Just adults, just like alcohol."[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Nebraska

In order to qualify the proposed constitutional amendment, supporters were required to collect valid signatures totaling a minimum of 10 percent of registered voters by July 4, 2014. The exact number would have been based on the number of registered voters on that day. This would have amounted to around 125,000 valid signatures. In addition, signatures needed to be collected from five percent of the registered voters in 38 of the 93 Nebraska counties.[4][3] The deadline to submit signatures for the 2014 ballot was July 4, 2014.[5]

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