By Taylor Barth
The ballot initiative, "Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws," kicked off in Omaha on Thursday night. Supporters hope to get 130,000 signatures to put medical marijuana legalization before voters in 2020.
Sen. Anna Wishart and Sen. Adam Morfeld are leading the charge. Whether lawmakers pass it or voters approve it, Wishart said Nebraskans want medical marijuana.
"I believe over 70 percent of Nebraskans support this issue," Wishart said. "We have pretty recent polling that shows that number."
People gathered at Legends Bar and Grill near 69th and Pacific streets Thursday night to kickoff the effort. Political action committee the Campaign for the Good Life is backing the ballot initiative and hosted the party.
Wishart spoke to supporters about her efforts. She hopes to legalize medical marijuana through the ballot initiative or through her bill before the legislature.
"We will hope that we come out with a bill that everyone can get behind, but the reality is there is a benefit to putting this in the constitution, as well," Wishart said.
Before people can start collecting signatures for the ballot initiative, the Secretary of State's Office must give the go-ahead.
"Once we get the language confirmed, we will hit the ground running with collecting signatures," Wishart said.
The Campaign for the Good Life is ready to help with that effort.