Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana needs 50,000 more signatures for November ballot

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A desperate plea from the parents behind the campaign to bring medical marijuana to Nebraska.

Two weeks before the deadline for submitting signatures, their message today: voters who want to sign must find them, not the other way around.

With the special election to replace former Congressman Jeff Fortenberry next Tuesday, a number of people are voting early.

Outside the office of the Sarpy County Election Commissioner is where Nebraskas for medical marijuana are trying to capitalize on that and collect signatures to push their issue through the November ballot.

“The reality is that we need 50,000 Nebraskas to sign the petition within the next two weeks,” said Senator Anna Wishart of Lincoln & co-chair of the initiative.

Parents of children with epilepsy and their uncontrollable seizures want everyone to know what’s at stake when traditional pills no longer help.

“My name is Dominic Gillen and I’m here with my son Will wearing a helmet in his medically protected bed because he’s having a seizure right now. We’ve been fighting and trying for 10 years.

For the past decade, these Nebraska families have tried to convince state lawmakers to create a pathway to medical marijuana, but to no avail. A few years ago, they got enough signatures to put it to a vote until the Nebraska Supreme Court asked about language.

The governor has repeatedly objected to this saying that once you open the door to medical marijuana, recreational marijuana follows.

This week, 12-year-old Jayen found he still needed another brain operation.

“We have been crying out for help in this state for far too long. Just yesterday we found out that a second brain surgery had been decided by the doctors as the best option. They will divide his brain. If he was in one of the other 47 states, he would have the option of trying an oil under his tongue to help with seizures. That’s not an option here,” Papillion’s Nicole Hochstein said.

The families behind Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana urge those who support the issue to go online and find out where to find a petition to signto give hope to their children.

The deadline for submitting signatures is July 7.

Volunteers have already collected 60,000 signatures and want 50,000 more.

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