I want to urge state Reps. Codi Galloway and Steve Berch of District 15 to vote no on the upcoming Senate Bill 1110. I listened to the citizen testimony given last month and the people were overwhelmingly opposed to this bill (including those from rural areas), yet it was still passed out of committee. Our current legislature is an embarrassment and does not represent the people it claims to. Rural Idahoans are able to vote on the initiative once a proposal makes the ballot so how are they being denied a voice in the overall process? This is prioritizing rural over urban voters and is a transparent attempt to make it impossible to pass a ballot initiative on medical marijuana in 2022. With the way they are acting, you’d think that people are trying to legalize cocaine and meth, rather than something that could improve people’s health and provide tax revenue (which is currently being lost to Oregon and Washington) to help build infrastructure desperately needed in Boise after our recent growth. They need to stop fighting progress and think about what’s best for our citizens.
Samantha Grapes, Boise