Idaho Supreme Court Gives 2022 Marijuana Legalization Initiative A Boost With Ruling On Signature Requirements

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Idaho marijuana activists are breathing a sigh of relief after the state Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a law creating a more restrictive petitioning process for ballot initiatives is unconstitutional. The governor signed a bill in April that made it so petitioners would’ve had to collect signatures from at least six percent of registered voters in all 35 of Idaho’s legislative districts, rather than 18 districts under previous rules, in order to qualify for the ballot. That would’ve significantly strained a campaign to place a cannabis legalization initiative—the Personal Adult Marijuana Decriminalization Act (PAMDA)—before voters in 2022. Idaho Supreme Court has ruled SB 1110 unconstitutional, restoring the 18-district signature rule and invalidating the July 1 implementation change to allow legislature to repeal passed initiatives. This ruling means we can proceed with our PAMDA "Legalize the Drive" initiative. — Idaho Way (@IdahoWayInc) August 23, 2021 A separate medical marijuana legalization measure that activists are pushing was unaffected by the policy change because petitioners started collecting signatures earlier and were grandfathered in to the original 18-district requirement. In any case, the court unanimously declared that the law, which took effect on July 1, unconstitutionally infringed of residents’ right to petition. PAMDA (Legalize the Drive) can now qualify with just 18 districts! Huge news! https://t.co/rNoUg3f6pE — 'Radical' Russ Belville — Idaho Cannabis Legalizer (@RadicalRuss) August 23, 2021 “We are excited that the Idaho Supreme Court recognized that SB1110 was an obviously unconstitutional attempt to kill petitioning rights,” Russ Belville, spokesperson for Legalize the Idaho Way, Inc. and chief petitioner of PAMDA, told Marijuana Moment. “With this ruling, we are now able to move forward with our PAMDA initiative to decriminalize marijuana purchased legally out of state while we continue to support the IMMA medical initiative.” The ruling came in a case brought…

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