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Idaho Voters Could Vote to Legalize Medical Marijuana in 2020

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The Idaho Secretary of State’s Office is looking at a ballot initiative that could put medical marijuana on the 2020 ballot. The state only needs 6% of its population to support the initiative to get it added to the ballot. The Idaho Cannabis Coalition is behind the initiative.

Recent polls have shown that about 80% of Idahoans support medical marijuana, East Idaho News reports.

There is other legislation working its way through the state’s legislature that could increase the percentage of support the initiative needs to make it to the ballot. If Senator C. Scott Grow’s legislation passes, the state would need 10% support in 32 of its 35 districts to put medical marijuana on 2020 ballots.

Russ Belville of Idaho Cannabis Coalition said, “We’re coming forth with a common sense initiative that’s very similar to the middle of the road initiatives — middle of the road medical marijuana programs that exist in almost every state now.”

Grow’s bill did pass the Senate, but narrowly after a vote of 18 – 17. The bill now goes to the House.

The initiative has to be approved by the Secretary of State’s office before Idaho Cannabis Coalition plans to start gathering signatures.