Idaho Medical Marijuana Activists Threaten Lawsuit After State Ignores Signature Gathering Request

Idaho Medical Marijuana Activists Threaten Lawsuit After State Ignores Signature Gathering Request

A campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Idaho is threatening legal action against the state if officials continue to refuse activists an opportunity to collect signatures electronically after the coronavirus pandemic upended in-person petitioning efforts. The same relief being requested by the cannabis advocates has already been granted to a separate campaign behind an education funding initiative after a federal judge ruled that the state’s shelter-in-place and social distancing orders inhibited them from gathering signatures. The Idaho Cannabis Coalition says it should also be entitled to the benefit. A law firm representing the campaign sent a letter to the secretary of state on Monday, expressing disappointment that the office did not respond to an earlier inquiry seeking permission to collect signatures digitally like the other campaign. While the cannabis effort “has no interest in litigation,” the letter makes clear that the campaign will pursue that route if they don’t hear back by Thursday. “As detailed in my earlier correspondence, the Coalition was well on its way to successfully collecting the statutorily required signatures needed to get the Act on the 2020 ballot when the March 13, 2020 state of emergency was declared,” the firm said. “As a result, the Coalition’s ability to collect signatures was destroyed. Consistent with Judge Winmill’s ruling, this had the effect of impacting the constitutional rights of groups like the Coalition.” “Unfortunately, there is not much time to remedy this unintentional infringement,” it continues. “If the Secretary of State is unwilling to pursue a cooperative remedy…

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