LINCOLN — A national advocacy group that has helped legalize marijuana in several states won’t make a push to put medical cannabis on the November ballot in Nebraska.
A spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C., said last week that the group has been gathering support for a Nebraska petition drive, but it concluded it’s “too late in the year to mount an effective campaign at this point.”
“We are beginning to organize a robust medical marijuana campaign in 2020 in Nebraska,” said Morgan Fox, whose organization has been involved with ballot initiatives for medical or recreational marijuana in California, Arizona, Maine, Minnesota and other states.
The group would bring organizational expertise along with some of the financial support it takes to run petition drives, which generally cost about $1 million to gather the 120,000 valid signatures currently needed for a proposed constitutional amendment in Nebraska. Fewer signatures would be needed to put medical marijuana legislation before voters.
The decision to delay a serious, well-funded campaign represents a blow to those who hoped to capitalize on a recent