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New Poll Finds 7 in 10 Nebraskans Want Medical Marijuana Legalized

A new poll has found that 70% of individuals in Nebraska are in favor of medical cannabis being legalized. The survey, carried out by Neilan Strategy Group, also found that the majority of the respondents would like a new alternative to income, sales and property taxes to be approved.

These findings are much like those of another poll, which determined that 80% of registered voters in the state favored marijuana legalization. Neilan Strategy Group founder Perre Neilan stated that from the results it was clear that Nebraskans were ready to legalize cannabis.

This sentiment was echoed by Crista Eggers of Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana, who added that she wasn’t surprised by the results because they reflected what she’d observed over the last couple of years. Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana has, in the past, tried to bring the issue before voters.

In 2020, the group gathered signatures that would have allowed its resolution to qualify for the ballot. However, the state’s Supreme Court ruled that the language in the resolution violated the constitutional requirement that such matters contain one subject and ultimately disqualified it.

Two years after this, the group did not succeed in collecting the required number of signatures after a significant funder of their cause died.

This year, Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana is working on two petitions. In order for their initiatives to qualify for the ballot, roughly 86,000 signatures must be collected from registered voters in the state. Additionally, at least 5% of voters from 38 of all the counties in the state must have signed the petition.

Eggers revealed recently that thus far, the group had collected more than 32,000 signatures, noting that they had already covered 24 counties.

A proposed amendment to the constitution that would ratify EPIC Option Consumption Tax to replace Nebraska’s income and sales taxes as well as property taxes may also be included on the ballot if it succeeds. To do so, however, more than 124,000 valid signatures are needed.

From the poll, we see that more than 50% of respondents support this new tax. However, business groups in the state don’t seem to share the same opinion. Some have labelled the new tax as too good to be true as well as dangerous.

The survey was carried out by Florida’s Data Targeting Inc. in the period between Feb. 7–9, 2024.  A total of 2198 registered voters participated in the survey, which gathered responses through texts as well as landline calls and cell phone calls. It should be noted that the survey had a 2.1% margin of error (plus or minus).

Cannabis companies and ancillary businesses closely linked to the industry such as Innovative Industrial Properties Inc. (NYSE: IIPR) are likely to keep their eyes on Nebraska to see whether this time round, medical cannabis will become a reality for the residents who have shown overwhelming support for policy reform.

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