New marijuana laws have created some interesting trends. Since its legalization, fewer traffic accidents occurred in Colorado, weed is cheaper, and the nation’s amount of alcohol consumption reduced. Studies have also shown marijuana to be a viable alternative medicinal source. With more people passing the reefer, and legislators passing lenient marijuana laws, one question remains: is Idaho joining the bandwagon? Not likely.
In fact, passing marijuana laws have been an ongoing battle for several years. In 2013, Idaho legislation signed a resolution outlying its,”opposition to efforts to legalizing marijuana for any purpose in the state of Idaho.” Basically, if you propose a bill advancing the drug use, Idaho won’t hear it.
This year the New Approach Group, Idaho’s largest pro-marijuana group, proposed a ballot initiative that would ease penalties on marijuana users, especially those who use it medicinally.
The proposed law
- allow marijuana possession under 3 oz.
- allow cannabis users to possess up to 8 oz.
- support medicinal use for those suffering from debilitating conditions.
- encourage medicinal users to grow up to 12 marijuana plants.
- promote the hemp agricultural community.
However, this initiative will no longer be on the ballot. The New Approach Group falsely stated that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) endorses medicinal marijuana. The AAP believes that marijuana has adverse effects on children and adolescence. The rejection of this ballot is just another example of the struggle between Pro-marijuana groups and legislators.
For now, follow the current marijuana laws:
- marijuana is a controlled substance, meaning that its possession is illegal.
- manufacturing over 3 oz. of marijuana constitutes a felony with up to five years in prison or fined up to $10,000.
- possession of over 1 pound, but less than 5 has a mandatory imprisonment of 1 year and a fine of $5,000.
- possessing more than 5 pounds requires 3 mandatory years in prison, and a fine of $10,000.