Pubdate: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 Source: Omaha World-Herald (NE) Copyright: 2011 Omaha World-Herald Company Contact: http://www.omaha.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/320 Author: Jay Withrow EFFORT SEEKS TO KEEP POT ILLEGAL PRIDE-Omaha officials announced a campaign Wednesday to combat any efforts in Nebraska to legalize marijuana in the state. Susie Dugan, PRIDE-Omaha's executive director, said that the local anti-drug organization that began in 1978 was unveiling KNOW, Keep Nebraska Off Weed. Dugan said the campaign was opposed to at least two efforts in Nebraska collecting signatures to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the November 2012 general election ballot legalizing marijuana. It would take signatures from 10 percent of registered voters in Nebraska to put a proposed amendment on the ballot. In 2008, that number was more than 112,000 signatures. She said the nonprofit organization's website, www.prideprevention.org, had been updated to reflect the new effort and "tool kits" were being made available to the media, children, parents, businesses and others highlighting the dangers of drug abuse and legalization of marijuana. "Since the 1990s," Dugan said at a press conference at the Safety and Health Council building southeast of 120th and L Streets, "our nation has lost its focus on fighting marijuana. "We challenge" parents, children, officials and others "to know the truth about marijuana and its legalization." she said. "Not here, not now, not ever." The KNOW campaign also encourages Nebraskans to sign PRIDE-Omaha's declaration opposing marijuana legalization. PRIDE-Omaha is also opposed to legalization for medicinal purposes, Dugan said. - -- Jay Withrow - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.