A press release from my hardworking friends at New Approach Idaho:
New Approach Idaho is pleased to announce that we submitted a citizen's initiative petition named "Idaho's New Approach to Marijuana" to the Idaho Secretary of State's office on Friday, February 20th, 2015.
It will be available for circulation at the beginning of April, 2015.
Our petition includes:
The Idaho Medical Marijuana Act, which will create a safe access program for Idaho's qualified patients to utilize Marijuana as a beneficial medicine. The petition will allow for 12 plants, 3oz of usable marijuana, and medical marijuana organizations.
Decriminalization of 3 oz or less of marijuana for responsible adults, as well as Decriminalization of Marijuana related paraphernalia and a medical exclusion for qualified patients. This makes marijuana an infraction like a traffic ticket, with a fine, instead of a misdemeanor with jail time.
50% of all money collected through the fines from Marijuana and Paraphernalia related possession tickets will be made available to Idaho Public Schools through the Idaho Department of Education.
And an Industrial Hemp program to allow Idaho farmers to participate in the new "green rush" that has emerged through industrial hemp production throughout this country.
We need 6% of the voting population in 18 of Idaho's legislative districts, or 6% of the general voting population in the state (which ever is greater), in order to get the petition on the ballot for voting in November 2016.
We need these signatures by the end of April 2016 and
ALL SIGNATURES MUST BE BE FROM REGISTERED VOTERS!
Please help us get this petition on the ballot so that we can tell our government what we really want when it comes to Marijuana in Idaho.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
~ RSVP to this event, invite your friends and family, and share the link!
~ Register to vote today so that you will be ready to sign the petition when it is released for circulation this April!
If you've moved, changed your name or it's been over four years since the last time you registered/voted, chances are you probably need to register again.
You can download/print a voter reg card at http://www.idahovotes.gov/VoterReg/vtr_reg_form.pdf or you can pick one up from your county's elections clerks office.
Don't worry, all the instructions on how to fill it out is attached to the card!
(If you do not know if you are registered to vote, you can also check your status at http://www.idahovotes.gov/YPP_NEW/AmIRegistered.aspx)
~ Awareness is our greatest hurdle, and you our greatest asset in getting past that hurdle.
Please help us by telling everyone you can that the petition is coming and to get registered too!
~ Check out the petition page of our website to stay up to date - http://www.legalize208.org/the-petition.html
(The petition will be uploaded soon for review and comment!)
~ Follow our facebook page - www.facebook.com/newapproachidaho
~ Become a volunteer and help circulate the petition when it is ready! Join our volunteer group here to stay in the loop! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1502047370048259/
ONLY REGISTERED VOTERS MAY CIRCULATE A PETITION SO BE SURE TO REGISTER TODAY!
**IMPORTANT- FELONS IN IDAHO RECEIVE VOTING RIGHTS BACK UPON COMPLETION OF SENTENCE, including PROBATION/PAROLE.
If your court ordered sentence is complete, you are free to register, sign petitions & vote!
Thank you for your help. If we combine our voices, we can finally make enough noise to bring logic and justice to Idaho's archaic and harmful Marijuana Laws!