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Legal Marijuana Now Party gains ballot recognition in Nebraska

Legal Marijuana Now Party gains ballot recognition in Nebraska

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1 in 3 Americans Now Live in a State , Where Recreational Marijuana Is Legal. Voters in four states approved ballot measures to legalize marijuana on Election Day. 16 million residents of Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota . now join the 93 million Americans who already lived in states where cannabis had been legalized. Several other states were expected to pass similar measures, but campaigns failed due to issues created by the pandemic. Advocates say that the move toward legalization in both red and blue states demands uniform action from the federal government. Regardless of who controls the White House, the House and the Senate, we should demand landmark federal marijuana reform in 2021, Steve Hawkins, Marijuana Policy Project, via Politico. Advocates also consider the passage of marijuana legalization ballots as victories for criminal justice reform

The Legal Marijuana Now Party has won a place on the Nebraska ballot after meeting statutory petition requirements to be recognized as an official political party in Nebraska.

Secretary of State Bob Evnen announced Wednesday that the party has gained official recognition.

Co-chairs Mark Elworth Jr. and Krystal Gabel said they submitted more than 10,000 signatures to the secretary of state that were collected over the past four years in their successful bid to establish Nebraska's newest political party.

"LMN is a grassroots political organization that opposes the war on drugs, including cannabis and hemp prohibition, while relying on the Bill of Rights as its permanent platform," Elworth and Gabel said.

The new party will be "looking for pro-cannabis candidates who want to run for office in the 2022 mid-term and 2024 general elections," they said.

Evnen said individuals can affiliate with the party as registered voters and the party can nominate candidates for partisan offices.

For information about registering to vote, Evnen said Nebraskans can visit the secretary of state's website at sos.nebraska.gov.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

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