The people of Nebraska are getting fed up with their elected officials. While most states are trying to go the route of a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana, the people of Nebraska have realized they aren’t being represented by their lawmakers. Now they are forming a political party to get the right people in office to legalize medical marijuana.
You may remember Nebraska being in the news recently as being so anti-cannabis that it was actually suing Colorado for allowing it there. Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson is against legalization of any form. The problem is that that is not the will of the people. The newly formed group, Legal Marijuana Now Nebraska, is gathering 6,500 needed signatures by the Aug. 1 deadline to support its effort for legalized medical marijuana use and hemp production.
“We are forming the party, so that people recognize that we are looking to change something here in our state,” organizer Zach Boiko said. “The right thing is getting the medicine to the people. This petition is specifically designed for that purpose. If you don’t like recreational, that’s fine.”
If they don’t do the job
If a representative of the people fails to represent the will of the masses, and help the needy, then you have to fix the problem at the source. Replace the politicians, fix the problem. That is what supporters of Legal Marijuana Now Nebraska feel will spur the issue forward faster than ballot initiatives that keep getting killed. Lawmakers have voted against full medical access in the past.
Not all politicians in the state are useless. State Sen. Tommy Garrett is sponsoring his own medical marijuana bill, LB 643. The bill argues that studies show,
“the therapeutic value of cannabis in treating a wide array of debilitating medical conditions, including increasing the chances of patients finishing their treatments for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C.”
Legal Marijuana Now Nebraska is also working with groups in several other states, including Colorado, Iowa and Minnesota.
Do you think Nebraska citizens have a chance of getting what they want? How long can politicians ignore the will of the people? Share your thoughts with us on social media or in the comments below. <edm