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Idaho Marijuana News and Politics

U.S. Senators

Crapo, Mike - (R - ID)

239 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6142


 Sen. Crapo is up for re-election in 2016


Risch, James E. - (R - ID)

483 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-2752



State marijuana law from

While a few states, including our eastern neighbor Washington, have recently legalized recreational marijuana use, the Gem State hasn’t followed suit just yet. Despite current legalization efforts in other states, marijuana possession and sale, even for medical reasons, remains prohibited. Here are the basics of Idaho’s marijuana laws.

Marijuana Laws in Idaho

Idaho has some of the harshest marijuana laws in the nation. Possession of any more than three ounces of pot is a felony, and a conviction for selling marijuana could mean ten years in prison and $30,000 in fines depending on how much is involved and how many prior convictions a person has.

Marijuana Policy Project on Idaho:

Last update: April 15, 2015

Under current Idaho law, an individual charged with possession of up to an ounce of marijuana faces a year in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine. Unfortunately, this draconian law hits minority communities the hardest. According to the ACLU, black Idahoans are over two and half times more likely to be arrested for possession than their white neighbors. Ask your lawmakers to end marijuana prohibition today. To learn more about Idaho’s marijuana laws, arrests, and use, please see Dr. Jon Gettman, Ph.D.’s comprehensive report.

Cannabis extracts bill heads to governor

In early April, the Idaho Legislature approved S1146, a bill that would protect some seriously ill Idahoans from being convicted for possessing medical marijuana oils with very low amounts of THC. It also only protects patients from a conviction, not an arrest, and does not provide in-state access to the oils. Despite these serious limitations, S1146 — which now heads to Gov. Butch Otter — is a step forward.

S1146 would allow Idaho physicians to recommend certain medical cannabis oils to patients who suffer from cancer, seizure disorders, ALS, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s, mitochondrial disease, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, or sickle cell disease. It would only allow medical marijuana oils containing no more than 0.3% THC and at least 15 times more CBD than THC. It fails to allow these oils to be produced in Idaho, which will make it difficult for patients to obtain them. However, this proposal is better than current law, which makes criminals out of the ill for simply trying to relieve debilitating symptoms.

Idaho Cannabis News


As more states legalize marijuana, whether to change Idaho's laws has been coming up more often in political debate and has become more prominent among the issues that divide the state's politicians and voters by party and ideology.

A recently introduced bill would allow residents to use oil extracted from cannabis plants as long as the product is prescribed by a licensed practitioner.

Some on both the left and right in Idaho support relaxing penalties for possession and expanding limited medical use of cannabis-containing products.

Some people are trying to convince Idaho lawmakers to make it legal to grow industrial hemp in the state for research.