LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker who is a leading supporter of medical marijuana says the issue will likely appear on the 2022 ballot if her fellow lawmakers don’t pass a legalization measure this year.
Sen. Anna Wishart, of Lincoln, says advocates will propose a one-sentence ballot measure through a citizen-led petition drive if the bill in the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee doesn’t become law.
The Nebraska Supreme Court stripped a legalization measure off the ballot last year after concluding that its wording violated the state constitution’s single-subject rule, which bars activists from bunching multiple issues into a single yes-or-no question.
The new ballot proposal seeks to avoid that problem so it can survive a legal challenge, but it would make the legalization measure much broader.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts was among those who spoke out against the bill on Wednesday.
3 News Now reporter Jon Kipper is following this story and will have more in our evening newscasts.
This is getting some buzz, so here's Gov. Ricketts today, saying "if you legalize marijuana, you're going to kill your kids."— Jon Kipper (@jonnykip21) March 10, 2021
Some context: he said this after mentioning incidents in other states in which suicides and accidents occurred after pot ingestion. pic.twitter.com/L86SBoc0sC
According to @jonnykip21,Gov. Ricketts is generating a lot of conversation around his remarks about legalizing medical marijuana. Would you be in favor of Nebraska legalizing medical marijuana? https://t.co/4PRLgwdlVM— KMTV 3 News Now (@3NewsNowOmaha) March 10, 2021