Cannabis extracts bill heads to governor
Last update: April 15, 2015
In early April, the Idaho Legislature approved S1146, a bill that would protect some seriously ill Idahoans from being convicted for possessing medical marijuana oils with very low amounts of THC. It also only protects patients from a conviction, not an arrest, and does not provide in-state access to the oils. Despite these serious limitations, S1146 — which now heads to Gov. Butch Otter — is a step forward.
S1146 would allow Idaho physicians to recommend certain medical cannabis oils to patients who suffer from cancer, seizure disorders, ALS, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s, mitochondrial disease, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, or sickle cell disease. It would only allow medical marijuana oils containing no more than 0.3% THC and at least 15 times more CBD than THC. It fails to allow these oils to be produced in Idaho, which will make it difficult for patients to obtain them. However, this proposal is better than current law, which makes criminals out of the ill for simply trying to relieve debilitating symptoms.
In addition to asking the governor to sign S1146, please write your state lawmakers in support of a comprehensive medical cannabis bill. If you are a medical professional or a patient who might benefit from medical marijuana, we would like to hear from you. Additionally, if you are a law enforcement official, member of the bar, clergy member, or local official who supports this issue, please email [email protected] to see how you can be of special help. Please include your address or nine-digit zip code.
Learn more about Idaho’s marijuana laws
Under current Idaho law, an individual charged with possession of up to an ounce of marijuana faces a year in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine. Unfortunately, this draconian law hits minority communities the hardest. According to the ACLU, black Idahoans are over two and half times more likely to be arrested for possession than their white neighbors. Ask your lawmakers to end marijuana prohibition today. To learn more about Idaho’s marijuana laws, arrests, and use, please see Dr. Jon Gettman, Ph.D.’s comprehensive report.