Tag: Idaho Cannabis Coalition

Reefer Madness Prevails in the Idaho Senate by 1 Vote

Even in states with legal cannabis, there are plenty of complaints one can levy against various laws and regulations. Well, probably not matter what state you live in, you can be thankful that it isn’t Idaho, a beautiful place that has been so infected by Reefer Madness that their Senate has actually voted to make it constitutionally prohibited to legalize cannabis and other psychoactive drugs. Spurred by lead Reefer Madness prohibitionist C. Scott Grow, the undemocratic constitution proposal passed by just one vote, despite the best efforts of hardworking, dedicated activists, as Boise State Public radio reported:

“Let Idahoans choose whether they want to live in a drug-free state – free from drug culture – or not,” he said.

Idaho is one of 14 states in the country where medical marijuana isn’t legal. It’s also one of just three states in the U.S. that outlaws products, like CBD oil, with trace amounts of THC, the plant’s main psychoactive compound. No amount of THC is legal here.

Grow also called tax revenue from marijuana sales in neighboring states “insignificant,” even though it amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars a year in some cases.

It’s rather amazing how out of touch Senator Grow is. Too think that Idaho is “drug free” is so naive and to deem revenue generated by cannabis as insignificant is insulting to his constituents. I’m guessing that there are plenty of Idaho residents that would love to have tens of millions of dollars every year going towards schools, healthcare, and veterans programs. Idaho deserves better. Please join the Idaho Cannabis Coalition in fighting for freedom, equality and common sense.

As someone that grew up in Missouri, I can sympathize with advocates that are willing to speak out in a state with draconian cannabis laws and conservative culture. It takes a lot of courage to speak truth to power about cannabis laws in Idaho, and they should all be commended. Thankfully, the fight isn’t over as common sense can still prevail in the House or, if necessary, at the ballot box.

Just Like Every Year, 2020 Will Be a Big Year for Cannabis

Since California passed Proposition 215, becoming the first state to legalize medical cannabis, back in 1996, virtually every single year has been a big year for the cannabis community, as we’ve continued to make progress dismantling Reefer Madness-inspired prohibition across the nation. Major election years tend to have the biggest developments and 2020 is certainly no different as we’ll be seeing numerous states consider important reforms either at the ballot box or through legislative actions. Of course, the federal elections will go a long way towards Uncle Sam’s cannabis policies in the coming years.

One of the most important ballot measures, particularly to those of us living in the Great Pacific Northwest is a medical proposal currently gathering the 50,000+ needed valid signatures in Idaho, the last bastion of complete prohibition in the area. Full disclosure–I helped draft early versions of the initiative, and am extremely proud of the dedicated, hardworking advocates that are currently traveling the state urging folks to sign the petition. With conservative Utah passing medical cannabis in 2018, there is optimism that Idahoans will join the medical cannabis majority, as support for medicinal use as strong majority support across demographics.

Tom Angell reported on Idaho, and 15 other states with potential 2020 reform measures for Forbes, here’s what he had to say about the Gem State:

Idaho is one of only a handful of states in the U.S. that doesn’t even allow patients to access CBD medications with low-THC content. That could change, however, under a proposed medical marijuana ballot measure for which activists are currently collecting signatures.

The Idaho Cannabis Coalition’s proposal would let approved patients and their caregivers possess up to four ounces of marijuana. A system of licensed and regulated growers, processors, testers and retail dispensaries would be established.

Patients would not be allowed to grow their own medicine unless they qualify for a hardship exemption for those who have have a physical, financial or distance difficulty in acquiring marijuana at a dispensary. Those patients could grow up to six plants.

It will be great to see Idaho and other states move forward with positive reforms as there are still too many people getting arrested and patients in need across the United States. In addition to people’s freedom and wellbeing being harmfully disrupted, federal business regulations, particularly tax and banking policies that are hurting small businesses, will only be addressed with a groundswell of support as we increase our political power state by state. So long as we keep working hard and spreading the truth about cannabis, 2020 will be another banner year for our community.