Medical Marijuana

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Idaho House lawmakers Thursday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would’ve blocked the ability of citizens to legalize any drug through a ballot initiative.

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A proposed constitutional amendment that would make it impossible for Idahoans to legalize marijuana through a ballot initiative is headed to the House.

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The Idaho legislature will now simultaneously consider proposals to both legalize medical marijuana and to ensure the drug is illegal under the state constitution.

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A constitutional amendment to reinforce that psychoactive drugs, like marijuana, are illegal in Idaho barely passed the state Senate by one vote Wednesday.


Colorado Department of Agriculture's Industrial Hemp Program

The Eastern Shoshone in Wyoming is considering legalizing medical marijuana and hemp production.

IDAHO STATE POLICE

The state is putting the screws to out-of-state hemp industries by refusing to recognize federal hemp transport guidelines. Idaho Matters speaks with Concordia University School of Law associate professor Ryan Stoa about pot, hemp, the law and you.

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The 2020 election is still over a year away, but some of the initiatives that could appear on the ballot are already taking shape.

Utah is poised to legalize medical marijuana this fall, and it could be the first state-run distribution program in the country.

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Marijuana dispensaries could soon be coming to Ontario, Oregon – right in the Treasure Valley’s backyard. Now, a pot shop might be coming in the orbit of the Magic Valley.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came out in cautious support of medical marijuana last month but now says the legislature should decide how it’s legalized in Utah, not the voters in a citizen’s initiative this November.

Representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are becoming more active in their opposition to a medical marijuana initiative in Utah this November.

CBD, CBD oil, hemp
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CBD oil is a derivative of marijuana with little to none of the ingredient that gets you high. It’s becoming wildly popular as a homeopathic treatment for many conditions.

But despite its rising stock across the country, laws in some states like Idaho can leave consumers in the dark about whether they’re doing something illegal.

This month, Colorado became the first state in the nation to allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students. But not all nurses may be on board.

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Idaho lawmakers are taking another swing at making a derivative of marijuana legal for medicinal purposes.

Idaho Freedom Foundation

Following last month’s election, some form of legal marijuana use is allowed in every state that borders Idaho. The Gem State’s strict prohibition of cannabis – even for medicinal purposes – goes against a national trend of increased access.

The libertarian-leaning Idaho Freedom Foundation advocates legalizing a medical form of pot used to treat disorders like epilepsy. The group’s president, Wayne Hoffman, discussed their position with our Matt Guilhem.

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As of Tuesday, Idaho shares 77 percent of its border with pot-friendly states, making it an island of abstinence on the legal weed frontier.

The Spokesman-Review reports that with new laws to be enacted in Nevada and Montana and including British Columbia, where medical pot is legal, 80 percent of Idaho now borders legal marijuana.

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Last year Idaho governor Butch Otter vetoed a bill that would have made it legal for children with severe epilepsy to use a treatment that comes from marijuana.

New Approach Idaho

Friday afternoon on the steps of Idaho’s Capitol a group of people plan to break the law. It’s a protest that could come with some serious repercussions for those involved.

Idaho has some of the strictest marijuana laws in the country. If Serra Frank is caught with an ounce, she could reasonably expect to pay a $1,000 fine and spend a year in jail. But Frank says she will be smoking pot at the Capitol on January 1 anyway. 

The era of ubiquitous green cross marijuana dispensaries in Washington state is about to come to an end.

Idaho Governor Vetoes Bill Allowing Marijuana-Based Epilepsy Treatment

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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has vetoed a bill that would have legalized a marijuana extract for patients with severe forms of epilepsy.

In his veto letter, Otter said his administration has strongly opposed the legislation because "there were too many questions and problems and too few answers and solutions in this bill to let it become law."

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