Medical marijuana backers rally in Pocatello

 

BY MICHAEL FARNWORTH

BILL SCHAEFER/IDAHO STATE JOURNAL    Kris Lybolt, of Idaho Falls, gives the thumbs-up to a passing motorist during a demonstration to legalize medical marijuana in Idaho Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Yellowstone and Alameda in Pocatello.

 

POCATELLO — Roll another citizen movement into the protests by the AARP and Occupy Pocatello. Demonstrators pushing for medical marijuana rallied Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Yellowstone Avenue and Alameda Road to push for passage of the Medical Choice Act.

 

The Medical Choice Act is a movement to legalize medical marijuana in Idaho. The state does not recognize medical marijuana cards from other states and the group aims to change that.

 

Under the Medical Choice Act, the groups are working toward ensuring that those who want to use medical marijuana, rather than more traditional medical treatments are protected from arrest, prosecution, property forfeiture and criminal or other penalties.

 

It is also keeps their physicians, primary caregivers and those authorized to produce marijuana for medical purposes from suffering the same legal complications.    Tina Manley moved to Idaho from Alaska where medical marijuana is legal. Now living in Blackfoot she discovered her friends that used legal medical marijuana can no longer do so because their medical marijuana cards are not recognized in the state of Idaho.

 

“We have multiple organizations involved here,” Manley said. “We’re out here running petitions under the act not to provide marijuana to those that would party smoke, but for those that have debilitating and painful medical conditions.”

 

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