Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws is a political committee supporting a 2020 constitutional ballot measure that would establish the right of patients with serious health conditions to use medical cannabis as recommended by their physician.
Nebraska law permits citizens to bring forward constitutional amendments for approval on the ballot. To qualify for placement on the ballot, supporters of a constitutional measure must collect signatures from voters equivalent to at least 10% of the electorate in Nebraska at the time the signatures are submitted. To qualify for the 2020 ballot, approximately 130,000 signatures will be needed. Once the measure has been approved for the ballot, a simple majority is required for it to become law, provided the number of affirmative votes cast for the measure is greater than 35% of the total votes cast in the election.
The proposed constitutional amendment would codify patients' rights to legally possess, access, and produce medical cannabis if recommended by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner for the treatment of a serious health condition. The measure also creates a foundation upon which lawmakers can build a regulated system for producers, testing laboratories, and dispensaries to enable safe access to medical cannabis products.
The measure would not allow the smoking of medical cannabis in public or driving under the influence of cannabis. Employers would not be obligated to accomodate the use of medical cannabis at the workplace, and insurance providers would not be required to provide coverage for medical cannabis.
The proposed constitutional amendment does not specify a list of health conditions that would qualify for medical cannabis. A patient's use of medical marijuana would be authorized if it is recommended by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner to alleviate a serious medical condition.
Our campaign is supported by hundreds of individual donors across Nebraska and allied organizations. Campaign finance statements are publicly available on the website of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.
Our political system in the United States is one of dual sovereignty, and many states have adopted policies that differ significantly from federal marijuana laws. Though marijuana remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act, a total of 33 other states have legalized the use of medical marijuana for patients with serious health conditions. Since 2014, Congress has consistently approved spending bills that prohibit federal agencies from actively interfering with state-legal medical marijuana programs.