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Marijuana: Four Initiatives Make November Ballot In Idaho Town

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #503)
Consequences of Prohibition
Politics & Advocacy

A central Idaho marijuana legalization advocate's three-year struggle to get marijuana initiatives on the ballot in the town of Hailey will come to fruition in November. City officials announced last Friday that a package of marijuana initiatives proposed by Ryan Davidson will be on the November 6 ballot.

Selkirk mountains, northern Idaho
Davidson sought in 2004 to file initiative petitions seeking the legalization of marijuana with the communities of Sun Valley, Hailey, and Ketchum, but local officials in all three locales balked. Sun Valley officials refused to process the initiatives, claiming they were unconstitutional. Davidson and his group, the Liberty Lobby of Idaho, took the municipality all the way to the Idaho Supreme Court, which issued a decision in Davidson's favor last year.

Davidson won a second court victory last month, when a US District Court issued a preliminary injunction barring the city of Hailey from requiring that initiative initiators be residents of the city.

Now, Davidson has four different marijuana initiatives on the November ballot. The first would mandate the city to revise its ordinances to regulate and tax marijuana sales and require it to advocate for the reform of marijuana laws at the state and national level. If approved by voters, city officials would have up to a year to implement the new ordinance. A second initiative would legalize the medical use of marijuana. The third initiative would make enforcement of marijuana laws the lowest law enforcement priority, while the fourth initiative would allow for the use of industrial hemp.

Local officials are resigned to letting the voters decide. "The only way this is going to go away is to let the people vote on it," said Hailey City Council President Rick Davis at a Monday council meeting.

"The voters have to vote on this; the Supreme Court was very clear," said Hailey city attorney Ned Williamson.

Voters in Hailey will get their chance in November. But Ketchum and Sun Valley could be next. Davidson told the Idaho Mountain Express he hoped to have initiatives on the ballot in those two cities for next May's local elections.

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Anonymous (not verified)

Well I see the High Mountain hideaway Celebs are advocating for Mj legalization in Idaho. OK! Lead the way guys and lets get Herbal medicines out of government control and back into the hands of the practitioners. You GO Idaho!

Sat, 09/29/2007 - 2:43pm Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

There is only the unfortunate name similarity. The liberty lobby of idaho got its name because liberty lobby sounds better than : "The organization of people from Idaho for limited government and sane laws society". It is too bad someone would corrupt a simple name like liberty lobby and twist it into the exclusive hate club that is only interested in the narrow, sad views they hold.

Mon, 10/01/2007 - 9:38pm Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

i live in Bonners Ferry Idaho, and its great to hear that someone is trying to get medicla marijuana to those who need it here in Idaho, but Haily and Sun Valley are a long ways away from where i reside, and i need my medical mary jane. who will help me and all the others in the north?

Mon, 10/22/2007 - 12:32am Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

3 out of 4 of the initiatives passed!! all but the one that Requires the city to regulate and tax marijuana sales, establish Community Oversight Committee.

i wonder how long it will take for it to go into effect for us?

Wed, 11/07/2007 - 8:42pm Permalink

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