Idaho lawmaker blocks vote on CBD bill


Last update: March 22, 2018


Idaho lags far behind other states when it comes to sensible marijuana policies. In fact, it is one of only two remaining states whose law does not acknowledge medical cannabis in any way (the other state with this dubious honor is Kansas). While voters in three of its neighboring states have chosen to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use, and Montana voters legalized medical cannabis, Idaho hasn’t taken any of those steps forward.

In 2015, the Idaho Legislature approved S1146, an extremely limited bill that would have protected some seriously ill Idahoans from being convicted for possessing medical marijuana oils with very low amounts of THC. Sadly, Gov. Butch Otter vetoed the bill.

Then, during the 2018 session, when a committee member called for a hearing on a similar bill, HB 577, the committee chair violated the state’s open meetings law in an attempt to block the bill from consideration. Idaho’s legislative session is expected to end on March 27; click here to ask your lawmakers to consider this bill before it does. At the very least, seriously ill Idahoans who could benefit from this bill deserve to be heard by their representatives. Or, you can write your state lawmakers to ask them to propose a comprehensive medical cannabis bill next year

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.

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