An activist group has filed a complaint against a Nebraska sheriff who sued to block a medical marijuana initiative from the state ballot last year, alleging that the legal fees paid for the lawsuit constitute an illegal gift to the law enforcement officer. John Cartier, an attorney for the group Nebraska Families for Medical Cannabis, revealed on Monday that he has asked the state’s Accountability and Disclosure Commission to review if the sheriff is required to reveal the source of the funding under state law.
“In this case, the payment of Mr. Wagner’s legal fees is a gift that must be disclosed under Nebraska election law,” Cartier said in a statement.
Medical Marijuana Initiative Blocked From 2020 Ballot
In July 2020, supporters of the initiative, the Nebraska Medical Cannabis Constitutional Amendment (NMCCA), submitted more than 182,000 signatures to qualify the measure for the state ballot. The following month, Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen determined that the initiative had received enough valid signatures and had met the legal requirements to appear on the ballot for last year’s general election.
However, Evnen’s decision was challenged by Lancaster County, Nebraska Sheriff Terry Wagner, who filed a lawsuit to block the initiative from appearing on the ballot