According to a press release issued by the Idaho Cannabis Coalition on Tuesday (June 25), the group has submitted the required list of voters supporting their petition to see medical marijuana included on the state ballot in 2020.
The group was told that they needed to collect a minimum of 55,057 signatures from Idaho voters if they were to be given the go-ahead to put together a ballot measure that would be voted on during the upcoming elections in 2020.
The coalition duly collected the signatures and submitted them to the Secretary of State for verification before the next step of the process can begin.
The chief petitioner of the Idaho Cannabis Coalition is 77-year old John Belville. Speaking at the press conference at the steps of the state Capitol, Belville revealed that he has been taking prescription opiates for his neuropathic pain and those opiates have caused his organs to start failing.
Belville’s son, Russ, was also at the press conference and stated that his father visited him in Oregon and tried medical cannabis while there. It helped him a great deal, and that was why they were campaigning to have this form of treatment legalized in Idaho.
The different speakers at the press briefing affirmed that there were several scientific studies showing the effectiveness of marijuana in treating various conditions. 33 states have acknowledged this and legalized medical marijuana, and there is no reason why Idaho should continue to lag behind, the speakers concluded.
The advocates want to give Idahoans a chance to legally access whole-plant marijuana and other marijuana products from dispensaries which are regulated by the state. The initiative also wants patients with demonstrated financial or physical hardships to be allowed to grow a few plants for their own use instead of having to buy finished medical marijuana products that may be too expensive for them.
The coalition now awaits feedback from the state regarding the status of the signatures submitted after which a program for campaigns on the matter will be drawn.
In 1996, California made history by being the first U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana. Since then, a total of 33 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands have legalized medical cannabis. Many more states are in the process of getting medical marijuana legalized either legislatively or through voter initiatives.
Marijuana industry analysts believe that the entire industry, including players like Nabis Holdings Inc. (CSE: NAB) (OTC: NABIF) (FRA: 71P) and MustGrow Biologics Corp., will be watching the developments in Idaho closely to see how they pan out.
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