House Bill 19, The Idaho Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act, amends state law so that physician-supervised patients with an authorized “debilitating medical condition” can possess and use cannabis 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 the passage of this legislation will protect certain qualified medical marijuana patients from arrest, and seeks to 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 the House Committee on Health and Welfare. Full text of the measure is available here.
A supermajority of Hucks Online readers supports legislation by Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, to legalize medical cannabis in Idaho. 201 of 297 respondents (67.68%) voted to legalize marijuana, while only 85 of 297 (28.62%) voted against, and 11 were undecided.