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‘The people want it’: Medical marijuana petition making rounds

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A petition for the Idaho Medical Marijuana Act, which several groups hope to have on the November 2020 ballot.

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Moms for Marijuana’s Educate & Legalize tour made a stop in Pocatello Friday, hoping to inform those with questions and have supporters of the Idaho Medical Marijuana Act put pen to paper. 

Meeting at Jungle ReTreat Ice Cream, those who feel Idaho is behind the times wanted to take steps towards change.

"We call it the island of prohibition because we are completely surrounded by common sense and logic." Serra Frank, founding director of Moms for Marijuana, said.

Frank is also the event coordinator for the Boise Hemp Fest and the team director of Legalize Idaho.

"I wear many hats," she said. 

Despite being a huge part of the medical marijuana effort in the Gem State, Frank is temporarily calling another state home. 

"I currently live, in exile kind of, over the border in Oregon because Idaho laws are really bad for my health," she said. "I need cannabis to be a parent, to be a student, to be a person." 

Suffering from interstitial cystitis, Frank says cannabis saved her life. Even though you won’t see her signature on a petition, she’s working to try and help others and find a way to come back home. 

"The people want it and we just need everybody to do their part by registering to vote, signing the petition and then voting yes for it. It’ll pass," Frank said confidently.  

"Medical marijuana is not a political issue, it is not a criminal issue, compassion is the issue," she said. "Are we compassionate to the people who are suffering? And by getting medical marijuana and having an option for those people, you know, I think most Idahoans want that for their neighbors." 

In order for the act to get on the November ballot, more than 56,000 signatures would have to be gathered before April 30. Frank estimates they’re currently between 20,000-25,000 statewide. 

The tour continues in Idaho Falls on Saturday. The group will be at The Gem from 6-9 p.m. 

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  1. I wish her the best of luck on her windmill joust.
    However–‘boomer’ here–she and others attempting what is truly a common sense solution here are fighting the well-entrenched ‘WE know what’s good for you better than you peons do’ Reefer Madness attitude among a lot of legislators over in Boise. Marijuana is no WORSE than booze–as far as abuse is concerned–and arguably has at least SOME medical benefits.
    At least at THIS time I would have to deem her goal as Quixotic. Ignorance wields a mighty sword.

  2. Medical Marijuana today, recreational Marijuana tomorrow. Look at the states that currently have one or both of the above legalized,the increase of legal
    and social problems. Bad idea, increased tax’s, etc. Don’t sign.

  3. I will be signing this without a doubt.
    I personally and sick and tired of alcohol being accepted and ok to use and abuse sold in supermarkets, convenience stores and state stores.
    Who is to tell me what is good for me and what is not.
    Vote Yes for this bill and get Idaho out of the dark ages.

  4. Dear skunk I would advise you to adhere to your own advice and you get educated. Also you can tell your spokeswoman who uses the phrase the people wanted it,well I’m one of the people and I don’t want it and I hate all inclusive people who are bigoted enough to say that everybody wants this and everybody wants that. This is a false statement.

  5. Everyone is convinced this is an evil flower.
    What people do in their own homes and places of residence, is their own business.
    You all have Stalinist opinions and just say NO.
    Not everyone smokes it. Some use edibles.
    Can’t even have some CBD oils here because of the trace amounts of THC will make everyone high and go crazy.
    When was the last time you seen someone overdose or go on a rampage on THC?

    I guess as long as everyone can keep taking opiates, anti depressants and alcohol, life is good.

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  6. I’ll step in; hate to pass this one up. 🙂

    First, if the “people want it” we will find out if they get the numbers and it is on the ballot. At this time, I am not sure if “the people do want it.”

    I would gladly sign the petition if I came across it on my daily travels but I am not going out of my way looking for it.

    If it makes it to the ballot, will say yes to it, so long as it is for medical and the article “clearly” states it is for major medical problems and a legit Doctor has to issue a prescription to be filled by an authorized and reviews location.

    I will not vote for a law similar to what CA had where a stub toe (which I will be the first to admit is painful) gets you a joint or two. CA’s medical law was so ludicrous when they finally passed recreational no one knew the difference.

    I will not be for recreational, however, I am also for extremely greater jail terms for anyone caught driving under the influence of a narcotic or alcohol and that includes first time convictions. In fact, my idea of punishing those driving under the influence will never be allowed, and would probably only be allowed by the ancient vikings. (They carried the axes I would use.)

    I will also admit that if I am ever diagnosed with a life ending decease; cancer for one, I would obtain my own supply of marijuana and sit in my house and use it as I please. But I would never drive stoned; probably never leave the house until the take me out in a black bag. And I have to assume that there are thousands of people currently doing their own medical marijuana in their houses as I write this, as well as thousands already doing rec smoking too.

    So blast me, cry about what I said, agree with what I said…regardless, I really don’t care. Never have, never will care what other people think.

  7. Its all lies. The big marijuana industry uses medical marijuana as the nose in the tent. Just look at Oregon. The real agenda is full legalization of that and other drugs. If you want that move to another state or preferably another country and take the alcohol with you.

  8. Wow! Just made a trip back to this item to see how the discussion was going. Seriously? This ain’t a petition legalizing/decriminalizing recreational marijuana use. Might it turn into one someday? Maybe. But everybody really needs to hold the stick and stones until it does. Personally; I’ve never tried it (my own ‘personal’ drug-of-choice used to be bourbon 😉 ) and have no interest whatsoever in doing so, even IF it becomes California/Oregon/Colorado-style LEGAL. I actually doubt if anybody I KNOW actually would.

    However, to withhold an variety of weed (yep guys, when I was young, it grew on a lot of canal ditches!) which might ease a physical pain, improve the appetite of a chronically ill person, etc.
    seems….draconian (best word I could come up with that LN8 wouldn’t ‘delete’ me over!), at best.
    Would some people abuse the ‘medical use’ part of it? Oh HELL yes! They’re the same ones that are buying it NOW.

    IMO, a big collateral PLUS to medical use of marijuana being allowed would be the loss-of-profits to the American Drug Cartels (think–currently–opioids!).
    However, with the devolution of comments on this subject, I’m tappin’ out. Y’all have a nice day.

  9. So are you commenting on personal experience or it’s just a figure of your imagination. So are you advocating for medical marijuana for recreational marijuana or both?

  10. Statistics show cartels are everywhere. Every major city in America.
    I would advocate decriminalize marijuana on all levels.
    Statistics also show usage would actually drop.
    Fully tax and regulate like you would with alcohol or gasoline.

  11. Who’s statistics? it’s funny that you should mention alcohol and gasoline I don’t see that leaves have anything to do with the issue at hand. Alcohol-related incidents cuz the state people and families millions of dollars a year in grief and unnecessary bills. And when it comes to tax on gasoline I don’t see that our roads are all that well maintained is just another form of taxation and taking care of a few cry babies who wants something everybody else supposedly wants

  12. Testimonial is how you sell something when you don’t have facts to back you up. Idaho does not want legalization of Marijuana. My top reason, I’m tired of seeing the neglect and abuse of kids of parents that use drugs. Legalization at a high cost to the states that have passed Marijuana, deaths, higher crime rates, higher traffic accidents . . . If you want this please move to a state that has legal pot.

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