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Omaha resident Krystal Gabel will challenge Gov. Pete Ricketts in the 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary, outlining plans Saturday to decriminalize marijuana possession and allow for growing industrial hemp for commercial purposes.

The Akron, Iowa native previously ran for a seat on the Metropolitan Utilities District board and ran unsuccessfully for an Omaha City Council seat this year.

Gabel announced her candidacy Saturday in a news release as she toured the state with Legal Marijuana Now, a third party established in 1998 to oppose drug prohibition.

Gabel's platform includes addressing the state's tax dilemma by "making Nebraska the primary producer and manufacturer of hemp biofuel and biodiesel."

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She would support a medical marijuana program for use by adult patients, child patients with permission from a guardian and veterans with a medical card.

As governor, she would reinvest in the state's public K-12 education system.

A graduate of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, Gabel most recently worked as a technical writer.

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