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Medical marijuana measure circulating in Idaho

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April 22, 2011

Idaho

BOISE, Idaho: Supporters of a medical marijuana initiative are striving hard to gather signatures for ballot access. At the Moscow Hempfest event held in Moscow, Idaho on April 20, 2011, Lindsey Rhinehart, an organizer of the effort, asked people in attendence to sign the initiative petition stating, "We need this legalized for medical patients. I have multiple sclerosis. We have other members of our group with fibromyalgia. We know cancer patients. We know people who need this legalized in Idaho. If we don't get these signatures, we can't vote on it."[1]

The measure would protect patients who use medical marijuana from criminal prosecution. The initiative effort is being organized by the group Compassionate Idaho.[2]

Initiative supporters must collect at least 47,432 valid signatures from registered voters by April 30, 2012 in order to place the initiated state statute on the ballot. This equals to 6% of the qualified electors of the state at the time of the last general election.

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