Legal Marijuana Now Becomes an Official Political Party in Nebraska
Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen has given Legal Marijuana Now (LMN) the green light to begin operations as a political party in the state, the Associated Press reports. Evnen said the party can now register candidates in the 2022 election, voters can register as party members, and elected officials can nominate candidates.
To qualify, activists Mark Elworth Jr. and Krystal Gabel had to garner at least one percent of the total number of votes in the last governor’s race in all three congressional districts of Nebraska. They collected over 10,000 valid signatures over a four-year period, far in excess of the 6,800 needed for approval.
“The Legal Marijuana Now Party is a political party organized in the United States to oppose drug prohibition. Legal Marijuana Now was established in 1998 in St. Paul, MN. It is a progression of the grassroots party. – LMN party website
Originally founded in Minnesota, LMN has supported Senate candidate Kevin O’Connor, House District 2 candidate Adam Charles Weeks, and a host of other candidates for state office in 2020. The party platform includes legalizing cannabis cultivation, erasing marijuana convictions, ending employee drug testing, abolishing the Drug Enforcement Agency and tackling pollution with the hemp farming.
“Voters in Nebraska have experienced many failed referendum petitions in the past and are currently witnessing a stalled unicameral,” said Krystal Gabel, National Party Chairperson for Legal Marijuana NOW. “The process of gaining ballot access with the LMN petition breaks a decades-long political stalemate with the state of Nebraska over the cannabis issue. “
After submitting the necessary signatures last year, Elworth said his goal for the party in Nebraska was to discourage young people from leaving the state, saying young Nebraskans feel “desperate” about the future of the state. ‘State and leave en masse.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include the statement from Krystal Gabel of the LMN.
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