Krystal Gabel of Omaha has filed as a Republican candidate for governor and will campaign for full decriminalization of marijuana possession by adults, along with providing a pardon for people in Nebraska convicted of nonviolent cannabis crimes.

Gabel said legalization of marijuana could "generate billions in property, sales and income taxes via industrial hemp production."

Nebraska could become "the country's primary manufacturer of hemp bioethanol and biodiesel," she said. 

Gabel said she would also push for creation of "a robust, easy-to-access medical cannabis program" in Nebraska.

If elected, she said, she would support lower taxes for families, small businesses, farmers and ranchers while investing in green, renewable energy sources and protecting the state's natural resources.

Gabel, a freelance writer and editor, said she volunteers her time now petitioning for legal marijuana in Nebraska and building a free-food community garden in South Omaha.

Gabel has been a candidate for the Metropolitan Utilities District Board and the Omaha City Council.

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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