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Nebraska marijuana groups begin petitioning for 2018 ballot | KRVN Radio

Nebraska marijuana groups begin petitioning for 2018 ballot

Nebraska marijuana groups begin petitioning for 2018 ballot

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Groups are pushing for separate ballot measures that would decriminalize pot possession for personal use in Nebraska or would legalize marijuana entirely.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that one group wanting to legalize marijuana entirely with a broader constitutional amendment has filed 2018 petition language with the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office.

Another group pushing to eliminate the state’s penalties for those caught with small amounts of pot has begun gathering signatures to put the issue before voters in 2018.

Volunteers began gathering signatures for the more limited proposal Aug. 5. The group is targeting high-traffic areas and events such as last week’s Omaha rally by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.

Mark Elworth Jr. wrote the petition, which would allow voters to eliminate penalties for people caught with an ounce or less of marijuana.

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