Legislation that seeks to legalize the physician-supervised use of medical marijuana has been introduced for the first time in the Idaho Legislature.
House Bill 19, The Idaho Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, amends state law so that physician-supervised patients with an authorized “debilitating medical condition” can possess and use marijuana for medical purposes. The measure also allows for the establishment of up to six “alternative treatment centers” to dispense medical cannabis to qualified patients. Home cultivation is not explicitly authorized under the bill.
While NORML believes that barring patients from home cultivation is unduly restrictive, we also recognize that passage of this legislation will protect certain qualified medical marijuana patients from arrest, and seeks provide these patients with a safe and legal source for their medicine. It is our hope that this measure may be expanded or amended during the legislative process so that it is in even better accordance with patients’ needs and practices.
Idaho NORML is supporting HB 19. You can join the group and follow the bill’s progress on the Idaho NORML Facebook pagehere or by writing: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact your House member about HB 19 by entering your zip code below.