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Nebraska Supreme Court to decide on whether medical marijuana goes on ballot

Posted at 5:36 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 19:07:52-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — The Nebraska Supreme Court held a hearing on whether medical marijuana should be on the general election ballot.

Both sides made arguments just eight days before ballots are set to be certified.

Opponents of the measure argued that the ballot measure contains multiple subjects, saying its asking voters to allow residents with serious medical conditions to get the drug and whether private businesses should be able to sell as much as they want.

Attorneys to get medical cannabis on the ballot said drug laws on the books already would allow people to be charged if they sell too much of the drug, or to somebody that doesn't have the right to have it.

“This is so unique, that carte blanche grant of immunity. We believe that voters should have the opportunity to vote separately on that particular issue,” says Mark Fahleson, arguing against the ballot measure.

“If someone grows a hay bale of cannabis and sells it to a patient, they’ve sold distribution quantities. This doesn’t alleviate that proposition,” says Jason Grams, arguing for the ballot measure.

Several other arguments were made to the state’s highest court, specifically that the measure would confuse voters.

This comes one day after the court held a hearing on whether expanded gambling would go on the ballot.