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Idaho Advocates Collecting Signatures for Medical Cannabis Initiative

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Kind Idaho is collecting signatures for a 2022 medical cannabis ballot initiative, the Cannabis Business Times reports. The activists have collected 5,000 of the 65,000 signatures needed to place the Idaho Medical Marijuana Act (IMMA) on 2022 ballots, according to Jackee Winters, an Idaho mom whose daughter suffers from a brain tumor.

Winters told the Cannabis Business Times that Idaho needs to “grow up” and is “behind the times.” She believes the state needs “medical advancements” to help Idahoans, like her daughter, who “suffer.”

“I don’t want to have to relocate my entire family. … It’s not fair that she’s got to suffer, and they basically try to turn us all into criminals by not letting us have our own choice.”Winters to the Cannabis Business Times

If passed, the act would legalize the possession of up to 4 ounces of cannabis for patients, who could grow six plants at home upon acquiring a “hardship waiver.” Additionally, IMMA would set up a network of dispensaries across the rural state.

Winters said the group has had a slow start finding volunteers but says they just finished a signature-gathering campaign at Idaho Hemp Fest, a pro-cannabis event held annually in Boise, and plan on collecting more signatures at other fairs around Idaho.

“People may not know of us because it’s our first time doing this, or [word] hasn’t gotten out there,” Winters said in the report. “We just keep trucking along, wishing for the best.”

In addition to Kind Idaho’s efforts to pass medical cannabis, another organization, The Idaho Way, is working to pass a measure that would decriminalize up to 3 ounces of cannabis for adults in a “private setting.” Similar to Kind Idaho, they must collect roughly 65,000 signatures to appear on the next year’s ballots.

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Idaho Preparing Hemp Plan for USDA Review

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Idaho officials are preparing to submit a plan to regulate hemp to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by September 1, the Capital Press reports. The action comes after the Idaho Legislature passed an industrial hemp bill this session which must be submitted to Gov. Brad Little (R) and the Idaho State Patrol before being sent to the USDA.

If approved by the USDA and the legislature adopts new hemp program administrative rules in 2022, Idaho’s first hemp crop could go into the ground in Spring 2022, the report says.

Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Deputy Director Chanel Tewalt is optimistic, saying the agency expects “a fairly quick turnaround time on the review by USDA.”

The deputy director said there will be a $100 application fee and $500 annual renewal fee for hemp farmers, with an additional $250 per lot fee for testing. Handler-processor licensees will have a $1,000 application fee and a $500 annual inspection charge. Background checks will be required for all license applicants.

“Inspection is required in the federal rule and will be in the state rule. There is a handling portion of the (draft) rule because the new Idaho law references handling. We need to ensure the product can get from the farm to a drying facility or grain facility. So we have accounted for that in the process.” Tewalt via Capital Press

The inspections will verify paperwork and test cannabis for THC thresholds. Hemp that tests over the 0.3% THC level will have to be destroyed or remediated. ISDA held meetings in June to negotiate the new rules with stakeholders. About 40 people attended each meeting, with more handlers and processors in attendance than growers, according to the report.

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