The Idaho Cannabis Coalition (ICC) has recently received approval for its plans to gather signatures to put the state’s medical marijuana act on the 2020 ballot. But will Idaho medical marijuana legalization happen in 2020?
With the Idaho Senator offering his approval to allow the ICC to begin gathering signatures for a petition in support of medical marijuana, the state finally has plans to introduce the topic at the next election. To ensure this topic will become part of that ballot, they’re going to need 55,000 valid signatures. With this in mind, out of these signatures, they’ll need 6 percent coming from voters in 18 out of the 35 districts in Idaho. If they succeed in getting these signatures, medical marijuana will be placed on the ballot, and then it’ll come down to a vote.
Medical marijuana has a lot of potential in Idaho, and after hearing from Russ Belville, the ICC spokesman, it’s easy to see why the herb should be made available to those who need it. Belville’s father used cannabis tinctures to achieve relief from chronic neuropathy. Viewing the impact medical marijuana could make in the lives of patients is what brought Belville to work with the ICC, and experiences like these are driving other advocates to continue in their support of legalization efforts.
Caitlin Heiner, the head of the regional ICC, is quoted as saying, “Our goal is to bring medical marijuana to Idaho and get rid of these archaic prohibition laws that have been burdening Idahoans for a long time.” With legalization just on the horizon, supporters are pushing harder than ever to get the option to legalize to the polls.
Belville has discussed the fact that they’ve received funding for a professional signature-gathering campaign. He’s also been heard touching upon how medical marijuana acceptance is essential when considering 3 out of every 4 Idaho residents supports its legalization.
Some supporters believe that the legislation will come with a plethora of restrictions.
Belville is further quoted as saying, “Under our condition, there would be a qualifying condition list that would detail what conditions a doctor could recommend medical marijuana for treatment, it includes some of the standard things we know like cancer, HIV, AIDS, and MS.”
While other groups have made attempts to ensure the ballot includes medical marijuana, none of them have been successful.
One south-central Idaho medical marijuana advocate, Jason Ramsey, had this to say:
“It’s at best myopic, at worst, it’s an absolute failure of local leadership, and I think this is the people of Idaho who have been polled. The majority already agrees that we need medical marijuana in the state, so we’ll take the option away from the leadership, and we’ll do it ourselves.”
The ICC went on to make a statement regarding the process of getting a medical card once the medical marijuana law is passed. They’re quoted as saying the following:
“You’d get documentation of your qualifying medical condition, have your doctor write a medical marijuana recommendation, turn it in to the state with an application and a fee and then you’d have your card for one year.”