Activists regroup and plan push for 2022 marijuana initiatives
Last update: January 14, 2021
Unfortunately, due to public health risks associated with person-to-person signature gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic, advocates with the Idaho Cannabis Coalition were forced to suspend their efforts to place a medical cannabis initiative on the 2020 ballot.
Inspired by 2020 ballot victories in neighboring Montana and conservative South Dakota, Idaho activists have indicated they intend to support another medical marijuana measure alongside an initiative to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older.
Idaho remains the only state in the country without any kind of law recognizing the medical or therapeutic value of cannabis.
Under current Idaho law, an individual charged with possession of up to an ounce of marijuana faces a year in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine. Unfortunately, this draconian law hits minority communities the hardest. According to the ACLU, black Idahoans are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for possession than their white neighbors.