Campaign makes final push

US (NE): Activists meet ‘raw’ signature goal for medical cannabis ballot initiatives

Nebraska activists say that they’ve collected the minimum amount of “raw” signatures needed to qualify a pair of medical cannabis legalization initiatives for the November ballot—but they’re making a final push to gather about 5,000 more before the turn-in deadline on Thursday to ensure that enough of the petitions are valid to make the cut.

Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana (NMM) has faced an uphill battle to put the reform issue before voters, especially after losing critical campaign funding earlier this year. Activists were relieved when a federal court sided with them in a lawsuit challenging a restrictive ballot requirement, but the pressure to collect enough signatures with limited resources has been intense.

It appears that the campaign’s work to rally supporters is paying off, with NMM co-chair Sen. Anna Wishart (D) announcing on Wednesday morning that an “overwhelming number of Nebraskans have turned out and signed our petitions in the last ten days.”

“As of early Wednesday morning, we are hovering around the raw number of 87,000 required signatures,” she said. “At least 5,000 more Nebraskans need to go out today and sign to push us over the required amount and assure we have the necessary signatures to succeed.”

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