The following Press Release was sent out by Kind Idaho. Note: Press Releases sent out by candidates do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Just over a year ago, Kind Idaho started out as an unincorporated non-profit and Political Action Committee with the goal of legalizing Medical Marijuana in the State of Idaho. As a grassroots Idaho organization, we were an entirely new face for Idaho’s medical marijuana movement with the medical marijuana initiative’s 2022 petition drive.
Kind Idaho ran the petition the last 14 months, facing fierce opposition by the state legislators who introduced 7 anti marijuana bills (S1218 and others) including a proposed amendment to tie Idaho’s sovereignty to the FDA (Introduced by Sen. C. Scott Grow/Rep. Brent J. Crane SJR101/HJR004 which failed) and three anti voter initiative bills (S1110,S1150,H0403 in 2021 all failed), which all but a few minor bills failed.
During this time we collected signatures and built a volunteer base and network of actionists. As of March 1, 2022 we stopped actively collecting signatures to focus on candidate platforms and evaluate their positions on medical marijuana and marijuana decriminalization in Idaho. We would like to remind those who have collected signatures to turn them in to be validated, and when you have validated them, return them to our business office found on our website.
Validated signatures have to be revalidated after they initially validated at the end for a second official count as per the initiative process. “It’s time for Idaho to do better, let’s go Idaho!” -Jackee Winters
During this last year we learned so much about the process and really began to understand what has, and has not, worked over the years, and why. In January, we reorganized and restructured our organization to ensure the efforts of volunteers lead to success for them, their families, and the people we organized to support.
Many lessons this last year included some painful ones about how dedicated some of the community is to improper procedures and fallacies of activism that interfered with past and present possibilities. As a result, future actionism on the part of Kind Idaho will be managed entirely through Kind Idaho to prevent conflicts of interest and guarantee focus on the project at hand based on successful models. Citizens’ initiatives petitions we put forward will be handled through Kind Idaho’s chain of custody. Those people who feel that they signed a petition, or donated in good faith, believing they were supporting the petition or Kind Idaho, can contact us for more information. We learned who we could count on and how to take more constructive action. Thanks to all who have volunteered and signed.
You can find us at Kindidaho.org, on Facebook as Kind Idaho, or email Jackee Winters, Chair of Kind Idaho, firstname.lastname@example.org
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