Nebraska medical marijuana initiative has enough signatures, but still may not make November ballot

A petition drive to allow Nebraskans to vote on legalizing medical marijuana has submitted more than enough valid signatures to qualify for the fall ballot.

But whether the issue gets placed before voters on Nov. 3 is still up in the air and will probably, in the end, be decided in court, just like another controversial initiative that would allow a vote on legalizing casino gambling in the state.

Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen said Wednesday that he hopes to decide by Thursday morning whether the medical marijuana initiative, in his opinion, passes legal muster to be placed on the ballot. But, he added, he also anticipates an immediate court challenge to his ruling.

“I would expect by the afternoon someone will have filed something,” Evnen said.

State Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln, a co-chair of Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana, the group seeking to put the issue on the ballot, said that “everything necessary” will be done to allow voters to decide the issue “including going to the Supreme Court.”

That also appears to be the stance of some anti-medical marijuana Nebraskans represented by Lincoln lawyer Mark Fahleson, a former chairman of the state Republican Party. [Read more at Omaha World-Herald]

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