January 14, 2019

Would you like to follow the rules and regulations of the past or do you aspire to create laws that meet future needs and increases government revenue? Well, if you are a critical thinker, then following the past rules or reviving and re-implementing them may seem like a feeble-minded decision. But guess what? There are some people in senior level positions in the US government and especially in the state of Idaho that want to make cannabis illegal again.

Cannabis is a psychoactive drug that has been declared legal in 28 US states and has also been declared legal in the District Capital. But now the Trump administration has made it clear that it does not support the legalization of cannabis. They want to declare cannabis illegal because they believe it will spoil the minds and lives of the youth in the US.

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Idaho is the state that has not yet declared Cannabis legal. Not only this, they have also passed a resolution that bans any sort of marijuana reform altogether. Call that lameness or whatever you wish, but Idaho is a state that has traditionally been a hardliner when it comes to cannabis related policies. Idaho has not even allowed cannabis to be used by people who are terminally ill and only have few months to live. People who want to consume marijuana for recreational use have to buy it through illegal means and smoke it secretly in their homes fearful of the fact that if they get caught, they would serve their time in prison.

Well, who benefits from such a policy that Idaho’s legislators stand for?
Answer: Cartels and criminal gangs.

The Idaho isn’t reconsidering its decision even after three of its neighboring states have legalized marijuana for adult use and one neighbor state has legalized cannabis for medical purpose. Rather, Idaho’s Governor Butch Otter has urged the Trump administration to use its full power against Idaho’s neighboring states to make them repeal the marijuana legalization act. In a letter to President Trump, Governor Otter wrote, “Among the most pressing concerns facing Idaho, both from the criminal and public health standpoints, is the utter lack of consistency displayed by the Obama administration in the enforcement of federal marijuana laws. In that respect, Idaho is a virtual island of compliance, and we are paying the price.”

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The price Idaho is paying is that people from other neighboring states are bringing marijuana into Idaho. This raises the cost of health care system and a large chunk of taxpayers’ money is going towards the implementation of the marijuana law. Despite all this, a recent poll in Idaho reveals that 68% of law enforcement officers want the state to relax its cannabis policy so that law enforcement officers can focus their efforts on violent crimes that are rising in the state. After all, cannabis, according to Scientific Reports Journal, is 114 times safer than the alcohol!

Marijuana stays in the news, and Alice is always ready to keep us updated. A world traveler and lover of freedom, Alice knows what is going on, no matter where she roams. She specializes in marijuana legalization stories across the globe, with up to date... [read more]


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