Idaho Legislature Unanimously Votes to Repeal Marijuana Possession Laws for Minors

Idaho’s Legislature has unanimously passed a proposal to repeal the state’s marijuana possession laws for minors.

Senate Bill 1013Repeals existing law relating to possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia by a minor, the use of controlled substances, and fines”, according to its official summary. It was passed by the Senate last month with a 34 to 0 vote, and passed the House of Representatives Thursday with a 70 to 0 vote. It now goes to Governor Butch Otter for consideration.

The “cleanup” measure states:

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Idaho Legislature Approves Medical Cannabis Bill, Sends it to Governor

Idaho’sidaho full Legislature has given approval to Senate Bill 1146, a proposal to legalize cannabis extracts for the treatment of seizure disorders.

The proposal was approved with a 22 to 12 vote by the state’s Senate last month, and was given approval by the state’s House of Representatives this week with a 39 to 30 vote. The President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House, have both signed off on the bill, sending it to Governor Butch Otter for consideration.

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Idaho Senate Approves Cannabis Extract Bill

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A syringe containing cannabis oil.

Idaho’s full Senate has voted 22 to 12 to approve Senate Bill 1146 a proposal to legalize the possession and use of low-THC cannabis extracts for the treatment of epilepsy. The Senate also voted to approve the use of Epidiolex, a cannabis-based medicine from the makers of Sativex. The vote on the latter proposal, Senate Bill 1156, was unanimous.

Senate Bill 1146 would allow those with epilepsy who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis extracts – such as tinctures and oils – that have low amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and high amounts of CBD (cannabidiol). Unfortunately no legal method of obtaining the medicine was established.

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Medical Cannabis Bill Approved by Idaho Senate Committee

Legislation cannaoilto allow for the use of cannabis oil for the treatment of epilepsy in Idaho has been approved for introduction by the Senate State Affairs Committee. The vote was unanimous.

The proposal, which is likely to receive a public hearing in the near future, is sponsored by Senator Curt McKenzie, who is the Chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee.

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Campaign to Legalize Cannabis Kicks off in Idaho

The organizationnai New Approach Idaho (NAI) has officially kicked off its campaign to legalize cannabis, with the goal of putting an initiative to a vote of the people in 2016.

“Idaho’s current approach to marijuana is outdated and makes criminals out of nonviolent people,” says NAI.It’s Time for a New Approach!”

The initiative is expected to be modeled after Colorado’s successful cannabis legalization initiative, Amendment 64, which legalized the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis and the private cultivation of up to six plants, while also authorizing state-licensed cannabis retail outlets.

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Idaho Lawmaker: Medical Marijuana a “Farcical Predatory Scheme”

Try telling that to the faces of the millions in our country who benefit from medical marijuana, “Representative” Luke Malek.

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Out-of-touch Idaho State Rep. Luke Malek

The statement was made by the Republican state representative while arguing in favor of an anti-marijuana resolution that passed Idaho’s House of Representatives today by a vote of 63-7. The resolution isn’t legally binding, and will have no effect on the laws of Idaho state: It simply makes a ridiculous declaration that Idaho lawmakers are behind the times and firmly oppose legalization, a policy that would bring their state jobs, tax revenue and a decrease in crime. The Senate passed the resolution last month.

Malek’s statement came as a response to Democrat Shirley Ringo, who argued that the resolution sends a negative message to those with terminal illnesses who use marijuana for medical┬áreasons.

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