Idaho activists filed a new bill to legalize marijuana possession expected to feature in the 2022 ballot. Along that line, a separate campaign to help in the legalization of medical cannabis is also underway. Advocates are currently moving around to collect the required signatures. Twenty signatures are needed to initiate the process.
According to the measure, individuals above 21 years will be allowed to possess up to three ounces of marijuana. This will, however, apply to private properties. Possession of marijuana outside of personal property remains criminalized. The bill also clarifies that transporting the marijuana from a recognized source where its purchase was made will be legal.
While there is no place where marijuana can be purchased while in Idaho, this bill will allow the residents to transport it into Idaho without getting arrested. Individuals can buy marijuana from neighboring states like Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Montana and transport it to Idaho.
Activists are required to collect more than 65,000 valid signatures before May 1, 2022, to make the ballot. However, there is a complication to the bill because another contradictory bill was signed in April. According to the statement signed by the Governor, a minimum of 6% of voters in all 35 legislative districts are required to sign a proposal for it to qualify. Previously, only 18 districts were needed. However, two lawsuits in the state supreme court are challenging that policy. The results of those complaints will decide the fate of those cannabis measures.
According to Russ Belville, a reform activist, the bill’s main aim is to allow Idaho residents to source marijuana from neighboring states and transport it without strict restrictions as long as it is for personal consumption. He also said that the proposal was motivated by a Nebraska Supreme Court decision in 2020. The decision meant that a voter-approved initiative could be invalidated based on a statutory single-subject rule.