Idaho Medical Marijuana Activists Approved For Signature Gathering Amid Legislative Complications

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Idaho marijuana activists have been cleared to begin signature gathering for a 2022 ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis in the state. Kind Idaho, the campaign behind the measure, announced on Monday that it had received the official petition from the secretary of state’s office. But this development also comes amid legislative complications, with lawmakers advancing a resolution to change the state Constitution in a way that would prevent Idaho from enacting legalization through this or a separate proposed recreational marijuana measure that activists also want to put on the midterm ballot. Another wrinkle in activists’ plans concerns a medical cannabis bill that was recently introduced in a House committee. The legislation, sponsored by a bipartisan duo of representatives, is expected to be seriously restrictive, and its passage could undermine the ballot campaign, giving voters the impression that the state already has an effective cannabis program for patients. In any case, Kind Idaho is moving ahead and feels it has the time necessary to gather enough valid signatures to make the ballot next year. Activists attempted to get an identical version of the initiative on the 2020 ballot, but they suspended the campaign amid complications resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and were not able to get approval for electronic petitioning that they said would have allowed them to qualify. The campaign now has until May 1, 2022 to collect about 65,000 valid signatures to make the ballot this time around. Under the proposal, qualifying patients would be able to purchase and possess up to four ounces of marijuana. Those with a “hardship designation” could also cultivate up to six plants. The initiative lists twelve conditions that would make a patient eligible for medical cannabis, but it also extends to any terminal disease or severe chronic illness. The state health department…

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