Idaho just gave the OK to a group hoping to add medical cannabis legalization to the ballot for 2022. Those in support of the Idaho Medical Marijuana Act are now cleared to collect signatures.
Now, the real work of gathering signatures begins. In order to make the ballot, the act needs signatures from 6 percent of those who voted in the previous election and six percent of voters from half the state’s counties. In total, that will be about 68,000 signatures.
However, in addition to landing this number of signatures, there could still be challenges if the measure gets to the ballot, as the legislature in the state is still largely conservative. Currently, Idaho legislators are trying to push through a bill that would make it unconstitutional within the state to legalize all psychoactive substances, including medical cannabis.
This isn’t the first time medical cannabis advocates in Idaho have attempted to get a ballot measure added. They were hoping to gather enough signatures during the 2020 election, but the governor’s stay-at-home order put a stop to that before it began.
“There’s so many people in Idaho that suffer. And they’re tired of it,” Jackee Winters, head of the Medical Marijuana