Idaho Medical Marijuana Initiative Could Get New Chance At Ballot After Federal Court Ruling

Idaho Medical Marijuana Initiative Could Get New Chance At Ballot After Federal Court Ruling

Idaho activists behind a medical marijuana legalization initiative could get a second wind after a federal judge said on Tuesday that the state must make accommodations for a separate ballot campaign due to signature gathering complications due to the coronavirus pandemic. While the Idaho Cannabis Coalition isn’t involved in the case at hand, organizers are optimistic that the ruling will apply to their campaign. The judge determined that the state must decide by Friday to either place the separate group’s initiative on school funding on the ballot regardless of signature requirements or allow them to collect signatures electronically for an additional 48 days. Russ Belville, campaign spokesperson for the cannabis reform campaign, told Marijuana Moment that the governor’s COVID-19 directives to stay at home “infringed on our constitutional rights under the Idaho constitution to have the requisite 180 days of petition gathering.” “The way we look at it is that if it applies to Reclaim Idaho, it’s got to apply to us and the other petition was out there,” he said, referring to the campaign that won the court ruling. “We’ll see how it works out, but we’re really hopeful.” That said, even if the case could end up applying to the marijuana effort, the state has said it plans to appeal the existing ruling and, if convinces a higher court to agree that signature gathering processes should not be changed, the measure would again be dead for the year. The deadline to submit 55,057 signatures to qualify the cannabis…

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