Idaho Marijuana Activists Working Toward Legalization Initiative for 2020

Idaho Marijuana Activists Working Toward Legalization Initiative for 2020

Marijuana activists in Idaho are working to put a cannabis legalization initiative on the state ballot for the 2020 election, according to media reports. At a New Year’s Day rally at the state capitol in Boise, cannabis activists from groups such as Legalize Idaho and Idaho Moms for Marijuana called for the legalization vote.

Serra Frank is a team director for Legalize Idaho, a coalition of activist groups. She advised High Times that’s time to reform the state’s cannabis legislation.

“Currently, Idaho’s laws derive from Harry Anslinger’s lies from the 1930’s–especially the lie that cannabis is dangerous–and as Idahoans, we are upset that our laws are based on lies,” Frank said. “We believe that our legislation should be based on science and logic, not on racist words and fear-based lies. ”

Frank said that the initiative petition is still being drafted at this time.

“Our groups will be working together in the coming year to circulate a new petition,” she said. “The details of the petition are still in the works, but it ought to be out in another month or so. I know for certain there is a health program and industrial hemp contained. ”

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Frank moved from Idaho to Oregon so that she could legally use medical marijuana to treat a health condition.

“I drove an hour and a half to be here to protest because I wish to come home,” Frank stated .

At the rally, activists announced that they plan to get a legalization initiative on the 2020 ballot.

“In February we’ll be having a lobby day for Legalize Idaho. We’ve got a great deal in the works for the following two years since the petition comes out to actually make our voices heard,” Frank said.

At the demonstration on Tuesday, activists displayed items such as alcohol, tobacco, doughnuts, ibuprofen, and kids ’s cough syrup.

“Marijuana is safer than everything you see here,” Frank said. “These are all legal in Idaho, but marijuana isn’t. ”

Idaho Marijuana Activists Working Toward Legalization Initiative for 2020

Courtesy of Serra Frank

With the legalization of medical marijuana in Utah in November’s midterm elections, Idaho is now surrounded by states with some kind of cannabis legalization.

“The rest of the nation is passing us by and we are completely surrounded on our little island of prohibition,” Frank said.

“The people of Idaho want it, the politicians may not, we don’t care what they say,” Frank added. “We are the people, this is our Capitol building, we are going to make this happen. ”

But not all Idahoans, including Rob Stevenson, the executive director of Drug Free Idaho, are prepared for the legalization of cannabis.

“We’re an island of sanity in a sea of insanity,” Stevenson said. “We have a story right now of, there is zero bad things that happen when you have more marijuana, and we simply don’t think that’s the situation. ”

Stevenson said that he wants to make sure individuals have all the facts about legal cannabis.

“What the narrative is, is that it brings in all kinds of taxes and there is absolutely no problems with it and that’s simply not the case. We want to educate our fellow Idahoans about what else comes with that. ”

Idaho Marijuana Activists Working Toward Legalization Initiative for 2020

Courtesy of Serra Frank

Published at Thu, 03 Jan 2019 20:26:18 +0000

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