State lawmakers in Idaho rejected a constitutional ban on legalizing cannabis via a ballot initiative when the proposal failed to garner the necessary supermajority in a vote held on Thursday. The House of Representatives voted 42 to 28 in favor of the measure, only five votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to put the proposed amendment before a vote of the people.
Under the failed measure, a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate would be required to remove a drug from Schedule l or Schedule ll on the state’s list of controlled substances, eliminating the possibility of such reform by a vote of the people. The measure was proposed by Idaho Republicans in an attempt to derail a campaign to legalize medical marijuana in next year’s general election and approved by the state Senate in February.
“The people of Idaho overwhelmingly would like medical marijuana—it’s off the scales,” Rep. Mike Kingsley, a Republican who voted against the amendment told his colleagues in the House. “Idaho is the last state to just hold out to not give people medicine that they need for cancer, for nausea. There’s so many people that medical marijuana works for, especially people that have bowel