Drug Law

Idaho Latest State to Propose Medical Marijuana

| by NORML
By Paul Armentano

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.

House Bill 19 has been referred to House Committee on Health and Welfare. Full text of the measure is available here.

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