A Senate Joint Resolution has been introduced in the Idaho Legislature which would let Idahoans vote on whether or not to prohibit the “production, manufacture, transportation, sale, delivery, dispensing, distribution, possession, or use of certain psychoactive drugs” unless they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and prescribed and distributed by a doctor.
SJR 101 was presented this morning by Sen. Scott Grow (R-Eagle) in the Senate State Affairs Committee.
The resolution’s official Statement of Purpose is as follows:
The Idaho Constitution affirms that the “first concern of all good government is the virtue and sobriety of the people”. Neighboring states have legalized controlled substances to the detriment of their children, families and communities. This constitutional amendment prevents the erosion of Idaho statutes which currently control these substances. It protects and preserves Idaho’s values and quality of life, protects the environment, provides requirementsfor lawful use of these substances, promotesfreedom from addiction, and seeksto avoid economic and social costs to our citizens.
Grow, the resolution’s sponsor, said during the public hearing that the resolution is designed to protect the health of Idahoans and not increase crime by allowing psychoactive drugs to be legalized.
Additionally, Grow cited a study from Colorado that says the cost of legalizing drugs would cost far more than the revenue it would bring in.
Grow also said that the Idaho Sheriff’s Association, the Idaho Fraternal Order of Police, the Idaho Prosecuting Attorney’s Association, the Idaho Chief’s of Police, and Code 3, 2, 1 (retired law enforcement organization) are all in favor of SJR 101.
Grow closed by reading a suicide note that was left for a mother of a child who Grows says was addicted to marijuana,
My soul is already dead. Marijuana killed my soul and ruined my brain.
Sen. Grant Burgoyne (D-Boise) questioned Grow on why a future legislature and the people shouldn’t have the right to debate the issue in the future because the policy would be set in a constitutional amendment. Grow responded by saying that a future legislature could still do another constitutional amendment to try and undo the one he is proposing.
Sen. Chuck Winder (R-Boise) asked Grow if CBD with less than 3% would be banned under SJR 101 and Grow said that it would not be banned.
From the public testimony that took place, more than half was in favor of SJR 101.
After public testimony was completed, time ran out prior to Grow giving his closing statement. A vote on the measure has been delayed until Wednesday.
The resolution is currently co-sponsored by the following 22 state senators: Senator Chuck Winder, Senator Kelly Anthon, Senator Abby Lee, Senator Mark Harris, Senator Patti Anne Lodge, Senator Jim Guthrie, Senator Lee Heider, Senator Jeff Agenbroad, Senator Steve Bair, Senator Van Burtenshaw, Senator Lori Den Hartog, Senator Todd Lakey, Senator Fred Martin, Senator Jim Patrick, Senator Mary Souza, Senator Steven Thayn, Senator Carl Crabtree, Senator Jim Woodward, Senator Dave Lent, Senator Peter Riggs, Senator Kevin Cook, Senator Doug Ricks
This means that the Idaho Senate appears to already have the necessary votes to pass this resolution unless some senators were to change their minds.
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