McCOOK, Nebraska -- Attorney Frank Shoemaker of Holbrook submitted petition language earlier this month to the Nebraska Secretary of State's office that intends to legalize the use of marijuana.
The object of the petition, according to its submitted language, is to amend the Nebraska Constitution to remove all laws regulating the private, noncommercial use of cannabis, also known as marijuana, and to regulate all commercial uses. It seeks to place the initiative on the ballot for the November 2012 election.
Shoemaker is listed as the sole sponsor of the initiative, known as the Nebraska Marijuana Legalization Initiative. It would amend the Constitution of Nebraska to read that the state shall make no law regarding the private, non-commercial growing, harvesting, transfer and consumption of the naturally grown cannabis plant.
It also would require the state enact a fair method of regulation and taxation pertaining to commercial growing and consumption.
To get a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot, Shoemaker would need to collect valid signatures from 10 percent of the registered voters. In 2008 that number was more than 112,000 signatures.
Shoemaker, who formerly lived in McCook, was an unsuccessful candidate for Legislature in 2006.