DO YOU KNOW IDAHO?

The Idaho Medical Marijuana Act

IDAHOANS FOR HEALTH KIDS AND COMMUNITIES believe that Idahoans DESERVE TO KNOW the following:

A group called the Idaho Cannabis Coalition (ICC) has filed a petition for the legalization of marijuana called the Idaho Medical Marijuana Act. If a small number of voters sign the petition, it will appear on the November 2020 ballot.  If passed, the initiative will produce dramatic negative consequences for a majority of Idahoans, especially children.

Along with the Idaho Cannabis Coalition, many other national and state organizations that promote full legalization of marijuana for recreational use support this petition. Although this petition is advertised as a “medical” marijuana law, these groups clearly see it as a stepping stone to full legalization.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will be required to create a massive new bureaucracy in order to oversee the manufacturing, processing, transportation and distribution of large quantities of marijuana grown in warehouses and homes, and sold in marijuana dispensaries – all of which is illegal under federal law (regardless of state law).

This new bureaucracy will impose significant new burdens on Idahoans.

Although local governments in over 200 Idaho cities and 44 counties will have additional burdens, responsibilities, and liabilities in dealing with marijuana laws, elected officials will not be able to prevent marijuana manufacturing operations or marijuana dispensaries from operating – even in cities and counties that vote against legalization.

Local officials will also be powerless to prevent marijuana from being grown in residential neighborhoods, even near schools.

People with a marijuana card will be allowed to possess a quarter-pound of marijuana (four ounces) at a time. This is higher than what is allowed in many other states including Colorado (2 ounces), Nevada (2.5 ounces), Wyoming (none), Arizona (2.5 ounces) and Montana (1 ounce).

Certain people with a marijuana card will be allowed to grow six marijuana plants in residential neighborhoods and possess ALL of the marijuana grown regardless of quantity. Since one marijuana plant can produce pounds of marijuana, this greatly increases the amount of marijuana in the community. Many states do not allow “home grows” because the overproduction of marijuana greatly increases trafficking in the black market.

Persons designated as “caregivers” will be allowed to possess ¾ pounds of marijuana at one time AND grow 18 plants in one residence.

“Medical” marijuana will not be purchased from legitimate pharmacies. Instead, it will be sold in dispensaries by “budtenders” with no legitimate medical training. The products sold will be virtually indistinguishable from those sold in recreational pot stores with products often contained in mason jars labeled as Green Crack, Purple Haze, Gorilla Glue, Girl Scout Cookies, and AK-47.

The initiative will impact public safety and law enforcement efforts by restricting search and seizure laws, including using narcotic detection dogs to apprehend drug traffickers.

Since law enforcement agencies do not have scientific tools to measure marijuana intoxication, highway safety will be seriously jeopardized.

The initiative places NO limits on:

  1. The quantity of marijuana grown, processed or distributed in Idaho.
  2. The number of marijuana manufacturing operations.
  3. The location of marijuana manufacturing operations (except near schools). There are no restrictions of marijuana grown in residences near schools.
  4. The number of marijuana dispensaries.
  5. The location of marijuana dispensaries (except near schools).
  6. The form of marijuana products – cookies, brownies, suckers, candy, drinks, gummy bears, and other food items which will be sold in communities. 
  7. The potency of marijuana. Dispensaries will be allowed to sell products containing very high concentrations of THC (the active ingredient that produces a high). Compared to marijuana typically used prior to the commercialization of marijuana (less than 5%) these products may contain over 90% pure THC.

IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT FOR IDAHO?
IF NOT, DO NOT SIGN THE PETITION.
INSTEAD, JOIN OTHER IDAHOANS WHO CARE ABOUT HEALTHY KIDS AND COMMUNITIES