IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idahoans are speaking out against a campaign to legalize marijuana.
The Rigby based group called Idahoans for Healthy Kids and Communities is standing firm against the proposed 2020 ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Idaho.
According to the group's website, their purpose is "to promote and preserve a healthy, safe and drug-free environment where kids and communities flourish".
A spokesperson for the group, Tim Allen, says it's more than just medical marijuana.
"Medical Marijuana, it tugs at the heartstrings, you know, we don't want people to suffer, nobody does. Every state that has permitted this, it starts out that way, then it turns into recreational, then it's just a free for all. That's the camel nose under the tent," said Allen.
The group's goal is to encourage voters to research the initiative and to really consider the impacts our community could face if medical marijuana was legalized.
"I've heard the claim 'well drug use does not go up just because states have not allowed medical marijuana', yes it has. It just defies common sense that you would make something much more available and its use would go down or even stay the same," said Allen.
According to a press release from the group, "Idahoans for Healthy Kids and Communities is a growing statewide coalition of Idahoans who care about Idaho and want to have a fact-based discussion around the negative impacts marijuana and the normalization of drugs".