States that have removed jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana
Last update: July 21, 2022
Medical cannabis advocates submit nearly 200,000 signatures for pair of statutory ballot petitions
After years of inaction in the state legislature, the ballot question committee Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana (NMM) has been leading the effort to let Nebraska voters decide the issue of medical cannabis. On July 7 of this year, after nine months of hard work, the coalition of families, patients, and allies submitted over 90,000 signatures with the Nebraska Sec. of State for each of two medical cannabis ballot initiatives.
Last year the campaign opted to file a pair of statutory initiatives — one that would allow qualifying patients to possess medical cannabis and another to establish a regulated medical cannabis market — after a 2020 Nebraska Supreme Court decision struck down a previous constitutional ballot measure for medical cannabis based on the argument that it contained more than one subject.
The campaign had hoped to raise significant resources to fund a robust signature drive, but a series of personal tragedies prevented key donors from contributing to the effort. Despite the setback, the campaign’s massive volunteer base still managed to collect an impressive number of signatures.
Each initiative requires roughly 87,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot, and state officials are expected to make an announcement about whether the measures are certified by late August.
Current marijuana laws in Nebraska
Possession is illegal in Nebraska. Possession of one ounce or less is an infraction, which is punishable by a maximum fine of $300, and the judge may order the offender to complete a drug education course. A second conviction for possession of one ounce or less is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $500, and the third and subsequent convictions for possession of one ounce or less are a misdemeanor and are punishable by a maximum sentence of seven days imprisonment and a maximum fine of $500.
Cultivation is not allowed. Cultivation penalties in Nebraska are based upon the total weight of the plants found.
There is no medical marijuana program or any other allowances for patients in Nebraska.
Contact us: Let us know if you’d like to be involved in the fight for sensible marijuana policy in Nebraska by emailing email@example.com. Please let us know if you’re a medical professional, a seriously ill patient or loved one of a patient, or someone else with a personal connection to the issue.
To stay updated on the status of marijuana policy reform in Nebraska, be sure to subscribe to MPP's alerts, if you haven't done so already.