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Nebraska Medical Marijuana Ballot Campaign Meets Key Signature Requirement

Nebraska activists say they’ve met a key signature gathering requirement to place a pair of medical marijuana legalization initiatives on the state’s November ballot.

In an email blast to supporters on Tuesday, Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana (NMM) said they’ve now collected valid petitions from at least five percent of registered voters in 38 of the state’s 93 counties—one of the main requirements to qualify the cannabis measures for ballot placement.

“But we are NOT DONE! We still have a big hill to climb to ensure that we have a buffer of signatures so that we are 100% certain we’re on the November ballot,” Crista Eggers, campaign manager of NMM, said.

NMM has worked to put medical cannabis on the ballot for two prior election cycles, only to come short due to setbacks such as the loss of critical funding in the last election cycle and intervention by the state Supreme Court in the prior attempt.

“We know from our two previous petition drives that we can’t just settle with the lowest possible number of signatures prior to turning in our petitions to the Nebraska Secretary of State,” Eggers said. “So we’re taking advantage of every opportunity to keep qualifying counties!”

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