There are people out there that feel that pursuing medical and recreational marijuana reform before 2016 is a bad idea. I would point to people like Idaho politician Chuck Winder who are more than willing to take advantage of that strategy while we wait. Below is more information via Compassionate Idaho:
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 07:30 AM
Idaho Senate Affairs Committee Auditorium, Idaho State House
What: PROTEST against Chuck Winder's presentation of RS 21862 and 21872 to PERMANENTLY ban Marijuana in Idaho, regardless its application-- meaning recreational, spiritual, or MEDICAL.
NEW UPDATE FROM 2/14/12: UPDATE: The secretary for the Senate Affairs has Just let me know that we are scheduled for the 20th in the Senate Auditorium at 8am. They have one short thing in front of us and then those two bills until 10am.
There will be limited speaking available as the slots fill. Please send a notice that you would like to speak to firstname.lastname@example.org You will then need to sign up again when physically present. You may also e-mail your testimony to this address or turn it in in person.
Please sign up to speak. These are 3 minute testimony's.
THIS MOVED ON TO COMMITTEE. THEY WANT MORE COMMENT. PLEASE COME TO THE COMMITTEE HEARING. THE EVENT WILL BE UPDATED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WITH THAT INFORMATION. PLEASE CONTACT THE SENATORS. THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION IS BELOW! IF WE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THERE, THIS WOULD HAVE MOVED TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. WE NEED TO KILL IT IN COMMITTEE!! OUR PRESENCE THERE WAS ALREADY A SMALL VICTORY BECAUSE THIS DIDN'T GO TO THAT VOTE. WE NEED ALL OF YOUR VOICES!
Here is Senator Winder's contact information~ 208-332-1307 His email is email@example.com Call his office and Tell him to withdraw this at once!
Where: E-mail, Phone Calls, and your Presence at the next hearing!
Why: Our State Elected Officials are supposed to represent us, Idahoans, and make our wishes and demands know and attempt to see them effected. Chuck Winder has no business attempting to ban marijuana in Idaho, since a 2010 Clear Research Poll showed 74% of Idahoans polled to be supportive of medical marijuana legalization, and there is a healthy percentage of us who would see it legalized entirely.
Our neighbors in Washington have spoken up and made responsible marijuana possession legal, as did Colorado. Many cities across the nation have decriminalized marijuana possession and use, or made it 'lowest priority'-- HAILEY, IDAHO being one of them. With 18 states allowing medical marijuana, and multiple states preparing to introduce legislation to legalize it in the coming year, it is absolutely a step backward for Mr. Winder to introduce this bill.
If you're tired of waiting for Idaho to catch up with modern medical scientific research that proves marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and a better medicine than most currently legal prescription medications, if you're tired of being considered a criminal because you choose to use a plant, if you don't want to see your children fighting the same battle we are now, SHOW UP tomorrow and SPEAK UP for your right to choose!! BRING A SIGN AND LET OUR REPRESENTATIVES KNOW THAT IDAHO SUPPORTS MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION!!!
M, W, F, 8:00 am, Room WW55
Secretary: Twyla Melton
Curt McKenzie (R) E-mail Additional Information
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Bart M. Davis (R) E-mail Additional Information
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Chuck Winder (R) E-mail Additional Information
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