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US NE: Marijuana Petitions Have Local Roots

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URL: http://www.mapinc.or...2/n071/a02.html

Newshawk: Herb

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Pubdate: Mon, 23 Jan 2012

Source: McCook Daily Gazette (NE)

Copyright: 2012 McCook Daily Gazette

Contact: editor@mccookgazette.com

Website: http://www.mccookgazette.com/

Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/3822








LINCOLN, Nebraska -- Two separate petitions with roots in Southwest Nebraska seek to place legalization of marijuana on the Nebraska ballot.


The first, a petition circulated by Frank Shoemaker of Holbrook, seeks to add Proposition XIX to the Nebraska Constitution which would legalize marijuana for private, noncommercial use and cause the state to set aside any previous marijunana convictions.


Shoemaker won the right to "NE 420" license plates after they were first rejected, then approved, by the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles after a lawsuit was threatened by the American Civil Liberties Union. "420" is an underground drug reference to a good time, or day, to smoke marijuana.


The proposed constitutional amendment was filed June 23, 2011, with the Nebraska Secretary of State


Another petition, Proposition 22, the Nebraska Medical Initiative, would establish state law to regulate medical marijuana to allow patients or patients' caregivers to cultivate, possess and distribute an approved amount of marijuana.


The related Measure 21 would also enact a law to allow medical marijuana dispensaries.


The medical initiative also seeks a constitutional amendment prohibiting lawmakers from preventing patients from possession of marijuana used to treat a medical condition.


Both petitions are sponsored by NORML Nebraska, which lists John H. Smith of McCook as executive director, Pat Wesch of McCook as treasurer and Lorie L. Prestes of McCook as secretary.


Other officers are listed as Mark R. Skipton, assistant executive director, of Kearney, and board members Kevin Sawyer of Omaha and Misty Stinson of Alliance.

MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.

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