Nebraska Changes Mind, OKs Pot License Plate
Lawyer only had to threaten legal action to get 'NE 420' approved
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 22, 2011 3:15 PM CST
A Nebraska lawyer has an interesting plate in mind.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – Nebraska has relented and approved a vanity license plate reading “NE 420,” after the ACLU threatened to sue the state on First Amendment grounds. Lawyer Frank Shoemaker requested the plates as a show of his support for legalizing marijuana in the state, Reuters explains, but the state had turned him down on the grounds that the plate promoted illegal drug use and had, in Reuters’ words, “other negative associations.”

For the non-potheads in the audience, “420” has a rich lore in pot culture (see this old Huffington Post article for a theory on its origins) and these days refers to April 20, the date of the unofficial National Pot Smoking Day. “NE” simply refers to Nebraska. Shoemaker is leading a petition drive for a ballot measure to legalize marijuana in the state. “All I ever wanted was to work with fellow Nebraskans in the democratic process,” he says. “No one should have to fear government censorship for his political views.”

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Dec 3, 2011 10:42 AM CST
This first time I saw pot I was six and we had been visiting family in Omaha. We had gone out to my mom's uncle's cabin outside of town, took a wrong turn, and as we were heading out to the road my mom slammed on her brakes and just stared at a fence row like Christmas came early. Apparently a lot of hemp grows wild in Nebraska, so much that people don't pay attention to it, and that provides camouflage to hide things in plain sight.
Nov 23, 2011 5:34 AM CST
... and yet, Cali forbid the plate 4NIC8. Sheesh. (BTW, 420 is a tip of the hat to the original Earth Day.)
Nov 22, 2011 6:21 PM CST
better than nothing. time to either legalize or the less popular decriminalize pot. such as the sea change of finally, accepting the gay population. look, i came up in the early sixties. a friend took me to a gay bar. i was enthralled, fell in love with that population. mother always told me to watch out for "fairies". as a child i thought of the tooth fairy. mother also told me to watch out for "funny cigarettes". ie. weed, pot. none of her admonishments stopped me from making my own decisions or attitude or thought processes. and she was a stern unforgiving mother. i rebelled and have had no regrets since. she was a product of her mother and upbringing. the youth of today know more than i. and i applaud them. all i can say is to keep marching on, stand up for what you believe in and never give up.