Supporters of the “Nebraska Prop 19” campaign, which would put an effort to legalize marijuana on the November ballot, say they have until July 6 to get the signatures of 120,000 registered voters to the Nebraska secretary of state.
That's 5 percent of registered voters in 38 counties.
The proposed constitutional amendment would add Article XIX, which says, “The state of Nebraska and any subdivision thereof shall make no law regarding the private, non-commercial growing and consumption of cannabis, also known as marijuana. The Legislature shall enact a fair and equitable method of regulation and taxation regarding the commercial growing and consumption of cannabis.”
Nebraska is the first state to try for complete legalization, according to petitioner Frank Shoemaker.
Hemp was a successful, drought-resistant farm crop until 1937, and again needed during World War II, Shoemaker said, noting that it can be used for ethanol, twine, rope, canvas and paper.