New Idaho Marijuana Advocacy Group Rises From The Ashes Of Failed Legalization Attempts

Dec 4, 2014

Leaders of a marijuana advocacy group want to put a ballot measure before Idaho voters in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana.
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Leaders of a marijuana advocacy group launched in Idaho two weeks ago say they have already attracted more than 200 volunteers. New Approach Idaho wants to put a ballot measure before Idaho voters in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana. The group was formed, in part, by members of similar groups who have failed in their legalization efforts. New Approach Idaho co-founder Bill Esbensen says others have struggled with organization.

“I think over the past two times that this was tried, the organization was not organized like a business and that was part of the reason for the failures,” Esbensen says. 

Esbensen has business experience. He operated a licensed marijuana dispensary in Ontario, Oregon. But in 2012 police shut it down and Esbensen was convicted on several criminal charges including selling to unauthorized people and overcharging. He is currently on probation.

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