Medical marijuana advocates hope petition gains signatures

Posted at 7:05 PM, Apr 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-15 21:05:16-04

Marijuana advocates are starting another push to legalize medical marijuana here in the Gem State. 

The Idaho Medical Marijuana Association has started a petition that would ask lawmakers to make it legal for some patients to use marijuana. Organizers say the proposed bill would allow patients suffering from qualifying medical conditions, including chronic diseases, to use the drug and would need the OKfrom a doctor.The president behind the groups says she's worked with people in hospice care and understands the pain they go through. 

"For me, it's all about the patent and transforming people's life's to be easy," said Tesla Heidi Gillespie of the Idaho Medical Marijuana Association. "When people transform and 

they're starting to die it's hard on your body and hard on the people around them and I really feel this makes a big difference."
The group hopes to get 50,000 signatures from registered Idaho voters by this time next year.