What's Up in Idaho?

Legal Status: Recreational and medical cannabis are both illegal. Idaho has some of the strictest cannabis laws in the United States.

In The News: In 2018, the House passed a bill to legalize medical CBD, but it died in the Senate. Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a similar medical CBD bill in 2015.

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Where do Idaho's Senators Stand?

Sen. Michael Crapo - R

1 Supports 4 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • A spokesperson for Sen. Crapo told VICE that the senator believes medical cannabis should be a state issue.

Sen. James Risch - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Quote: “I oppose legalizing marijuana. Legalization would likely cause many who do not use cannabis or other illegal substances to experiment with it, which could lead to addiction or experimentation with other dangerous drugs.” (2018)

Where do Idaho's Representatives Stand?

Rep. Russ Fulcher (ID-1) - R

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • While in the Idaho Senate, Fulcher voted in favor of a resolution that declared “opposition to efforts to legalize marijuana for any purpose in the State of Idaho.” (2013)

 

Idaho’s 1st district covers the following counties:

Ada (partial), Adams, Benewah, Boise, Bonner, Boundary, Canyon, Clearwater, Gem, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Payette, Shoshone, Valley, and Washington

 

Rep. Mike Simpson (ID-2) - R

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)

 

Idaho’s 2nd district covers the following counties:

Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Blaine, Bonneville, Butte, Camas, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Fremont, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Lemhi, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Oneida, Power, Teton, Twin Falls, and Ada (partial)

 

WHERE DOES IDAHO'S GOVERNOR STAND?

Gov. Brad Little - F

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  • Said hemp legalization could be “camouflage for the marijuana trade.” (2019)
  • Believes marijuana legalization is a gateway to increased use of dangerous drugs. (2018)
  • Declared his support for a pilot program to provide CBD for some children suffering from epilepsy seizures, but said he opposes any other cannabis reforms. (2018)
  • Said he will “never agree” to legalize marijuana. (2018)
  • Gov. Little on legalizing recreational cannabis: “Go on the streets of Portland. Go on the streets of Seattle. Go on the streets of Denver. We don’t want Idaho to become like that. (2018)

TAKE ACTION IN IDAHO

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