Omaha NB. (Wow) – Supporters of medical cannabis across Nebraska On Saturday they gathered for more than 100 events in 35 counties.
All in an effort to get enough signatures to allow voters to decide whether medical marijuana should be legal.
But, there is still a long way to go to get there.
Nineteen-year-old Will Gillin suffers from a type of epilepsy that can cause hundreds of seizures a day.
Dominic, Will’s father, says he believes having a medical marijuana option can help his son.
“We want his quality of life to be better. The fact that a month ago he spent eight days in hospital with an epileptic seizure that broke his jaw in three places. We would like to see that part and hope to ease that,” Dominic Gillen said.
The Gillen family has been fighting for years to help other families.
To this point, all efforts to legalize medicinal cannabis in Nebraska have failed.
“It’s actually been nine years of trying to turn to the legislature to get something done, and unfortunately that didn’t work. The last petition campaign didn’t work out so well because the Supreme Court is through petition,” Gillen said.
But the Gillen family and hundreds of other supporters did not give up. They want Nebraskas to decide whether this should be legalized.
The goal now is to get 250,000 signatures by mid-July in order to get them on the November ballot.
“We are always optimistic because we want our children and loved ones to have this opportunity. I will say, we have a lot of work to do and we need everyone’s help. We need the entire state of Nebraska to step up our efforts and help us in this effort because of the fact that we can’t take for granted the signatures we got,” Gillen said. It’s the last time, and we’ll get it this time.”
A spokesperson for Governor Pete Ricketts’ office says His opinions about marijuana have not changed.
last year, Governor Ricketts has published a column on the topic He says, “States that legalize marijuana directly or gradually (that is, through ‘medical marijuana’) have seen a human toll. This has included devastating effects on children, tragic accidents, reduced labor force participation, and horrific mental health outcomes.”
But Gillen’s family says they won’t give up.
“I learned a long time ago to never give up five minutes before the miracle happened and we will keep fighting for it and not give up because we can’t.”