While Idaho’s Republican lawmakers are crafting ridiculous hemp laws HB 126 that ensure anyone in possession of cannabis products with less than 0.3% THC can still be arrested for possessing illegal “marijuana;” restrictive medical marijuana laws HB 108 that ensure anyone in possession of unapproved products or cannabis with greater than 22% THC can still be arrested for possessing illegal marijuana; initiative restriction bills SB 1110 that ensure nobody could get medical marijuana on the ballot so patients can still be arrested for possessing illegal marijuana; and constitutional amendments HJR 4 designed so everybody can still be arrested for possessing illegal marijuana, forever… next door in Wyoming, their Republicans are introducing and passing a marijuana legalization bill more generous than Oregon’s or Washington’s.
A Wyoming House committee on Friday approved a bill to legalize marijuana and briefly discussed a separate proposal to require state agencies to study and issue recommendations on allowing medical cannabis.
The adult-use legalization legislation was taken up by the Judiciary Committee, whose Republican chair is its lead sponsor. It would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to three ounces of marijuana and cultivate up to 12 mature plants for personal use.
The measure, which is also cosponsored by the House speaker and other top GOP lawmakers, cleared the panel in a 6-3 vote after receiving testimony from state agencies and the public—including former U.S. senator and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who now resides in Wyoming.
If Wyoming passes marijuana legalization, Idaho’s southeast Pocatello / Idaho Falls metro area will finally be within an hour’s drive or less from legal marijuana stores. Jackpot, Nevada, is still moving forward with one, maybe two marijuana stores, serving the Twin Falls / Jerome metro area. Boise / Nampa / Caldwell is already served by eight stores in Ontario. Lewiston is served by a stores in Clarkston, Moscow shoppers visit a few stores in Pullman, and the entire Panhandle has over a dozen stores to shop at in Spokane.
“Big Marijuana” doesn’t need to spend any money legalizing Idaho. Soon enough, Idaho can spend its money on marijuana in any direction across the border from every major highway.