Idaho is one of the most unfriendly states in the country when it comes to cannabis policy. Below is a message I received yesterday out of Idaho. If you live there, please do your part:
Idaho, for the first time in several years, is considering two marijuana policy reform bills. Each would enact modest reforms of the state’s marijuana laws. The first, HB 491, would reduce the penalties for marijuana possession; the second, HB 577, would allow some patients to use CBD oil for medical purposes. Neither of these bills has received a hearing; click here to ask your lawmakers to consider the bills this year.
HB 577 has already caused quite a stir in the statehouse, with the committee chair going so far as to violate the state’s open meetings law in his efforts to avoid even holding a hearing on the bill. While it seems very likely that Gov. Butch Otter would veto HB 577 if it passed, a hearing would still afford the opportunity for advocates to share how CBD from medical cannabis has helped ease their suffering and boost public support for reform as the state prepares to elect a new governor.
Idaho’s legislative session will likely end on March 27, so time is running out for lawmakers to consider these bills. Please ask your lawmakers to urge a fair hearing on the bills.
Marijuana Policy Project