A couple of Nebraska senators formed a committee called the Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws in order to reform current marijuana laws to allow for medicinal use for patients.
Lead by Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, the mission of the committee is to prioritize the medical and economic values of decriminalizing cannabis in Nebraska.
If these new laws pass, Nebraska would become the 33rd state to legalize marijuana.
Just like every other state with marijuana decriminalization, the Senators feel patients with severe or chronic conditions should not be forced to suffer any longer knowing marijuana is fast becoming the most accepted and safe alternative treatment. The commitment members include Elizabeth Seacrest and Dexter Schrodt, John Cartier and Matthew Schweich, who is the deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project. According to Wikipedia, the MPP is "the largest organization working solely on marijuana policy reform in the United States in terms of its budget, number of members, and staff".
Nebraskans can be very excited that Matthew has been a part of 5 successful marijuana law change initiatives; states including Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada and Utah. With this much experience and the public realizing the unstoppable trend of marijuana legalization, there's a very good chance we can expect to see Nebraska join the cannabis community. The infant stages of these law changes include additional fundraising and public opinion research.
The committee members will meet with families already involved in marijuana law reform. It's there hope they can already begin to collect signatures from Nebraskans as early as Spring next year. The threshold of signatures they need to have this secured on the 2020 ballot is about 120,000 signatures. Considering Kansas has a population just under 3 million, this should not be incredibly difficult since this would also help minimize the penalties of marijuana possession.
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