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Medical marijuana backers to file formal papers for campaign

Posted: 12:01 PM, Feb 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-05 18:01:26Z
Medical Marijuana

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Backers of an effort to legalize medical marijuana are set to file formal paperwork for a statewide ballot campaign.

Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws said they will submit their proposed constitutional amendment Tuesday with the Nebraska Secretary of State's office.

State Senators Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, of Lincoln, are co-sponsoring the effort to place the issue on the 2020 ballot. Wishart has introduced a bill that would allow lawmakers to legalize the drug for medicinal purposes, but it faces stiff opposition from state and local law enforcement, Gov. Pete Ricketts and prominent Nebraskans including former Husker football coach Tom Osborne.

Legalization supporters have said they will pursue the ballot campaign if lawmakers don't pass a measure this year.