Group seeking to legalize medical marijuana fails to get measure on ballot

Group seeking to legalize medical marijuana fails to get measure on ballot

Group seeking to legalize medical marijuana fails to get measure on ballot

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by John Masters

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Posted on May 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 1 at 3:46 PM

BOISE -- It does not appear that there will not be any voter initiatives on the Idaho ballot this year.

A spokeswoman for group that was seeking to legalize medical marijuana says they have failed to gather enough signatures from registered voters.   

Lindsey Rinehart is the chief petitioner and volunteer coordinator for the Boise-based group Compassionate Idaho.  Their ballot initiative is titled the "Idaho Medical Choice Act."

Rinehart says a lack of funding, no website and other issues plagued the effort.  However, she says a recent BSU public policy survey showed a majority of Idahoans support medical marijuana. She says patients still want protections under the law that are already afforded in 16 states and Washington, D.C.

"Nobody gets it on the first try," said Rinehart.  She estimates the group was only about to gather around 5,000 signatures, far short of the 47,500 needed to qualify a ballot measure in Idaho.

Compassionate Idaho plans to reintroduce a new ballot initiative soon and begin gathering signatures for a 2014 vote.  In the meantime, Rinehart says they will be looking for someone in the Legislature to sponsor a medical marijuana bill in the next legislative session.

Another voter initiative to toughen Idaho's animal cruelty laws also failed to get enough signatures to make it on the November ballot. 
 

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