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Medical marijuana referendum faces tough fight

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Posted at 2:52 PM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 15:52:16-04
An effort to get a medical marijuana referendum on the November ballot faces an uphill battle.
 
Advocates of a medical marijuana bill that failed in the Nebraska Legislature have united behind an effort to place the issue on the ballot.  However, group leaders say they may not be able to round up enough support before the July 1st deadline.  Bryan Boganowski of the Omaha chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws says a successful ballot measure this late in the process would cost about $800,000. Shelley Gillen, president of of Nebraska Families 4 Medical Cannabis, says unless a private donor comes forward, the group will wait until the following year to submit a petition.
 
Gov. Pete Ricketts, Attorney General Doug Peterson, the Department of Health and Human Services and law enforcement groups have all opposed medical marijuana legislation