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Efforts to Soften Idaho’s Marijuana Laws Underway


With Idaho’s new governor comes a new push to soften marijuana laws in the state. Any type of marijuana legalization in Idaho has been nothing short of controversial.

Every state bordering Idaho now has some form of legal marijuana, KIVI 6 News notes. The Idaho Freedom Foundation says that it’s time to have a real discussion about marijuana law reform. The organization wants to see progress and steps forward toward legalization.

President of the Idaho Freedom Foundation Wayne Hoffman said, “If what we’re trying to achieve is to lock up elderly cancer victims, who happen to go across the border and buy some marijuana, that’s the policy we have in place today.”

“Thirty states have medicinal marijuana, Idaho doesn’t even allow the CBD oil, I think that made a step last time, and people are starting to get comfortable with it, especially when they hear stories about how effective it can be, especially with young children,” Jasper Licalzi of the College of Idaho commented.

Hoffman said, “People are starting to recognize that there are more dangerous things out there. Alcohol is more dangerous. Opioids are more dangerous. In order for Idaho to take advantage of this new law, the state is going to have to do something. If we do nothing, we will not be able to join the ranks of these other states that are cultivating hemp.”

The biggest initiative for the Idaho Freedom Foundation in the 2019 legislative session will be to decriminalize marijuana.