Marijuana Policy In Idaho

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Idaho Marijuana Policy

When it comes to marijuana laws, Idaho is a scary place. Most of my family lives in Idaho, and the stories they tell me about marijuana laws are enough to give me nightmares. My cousin was caught with a pipe with resin in it, no actual marijuana, and he got two years of probation and three months in the county jail. That's insane! Below are Idaho's current marijuana laws, courtesy of Idaho NORML:

Decriminalized? — No.

Under the influence of marijuana in public is a misdemeanor, punishable by 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Possession of 3 oz or less is a misdemeanor, punishable by 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Possession of more than 3 oz is a felony, punishable by 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Distributing or cultivating less than 1 lb (24 plants) is a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Distributing or cultivating 1 to 5 lbs (24 — 49 plants) is a felony, punishable by a minimum sentence of 1 year in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.

Distributing or cultivating 5 to 25 lbs (50 — 99 plants) is a felony, punishable by a minimum sentence of 3 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.

Distributing or cultivating more than 25 lbs (100 plants or more) is a felony, punishable by a minimum sentence of 5 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.

Distributing any amount to a minor who is 3 years or younger than the offender is a felony, punishable by double the penalties in both categories.

Distributing any amount where a minor(s) is present is a felony, punishable by 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Being present where drug activity occurs with knowledge of the activity is a misdemeanor, punishable by 90 days in jail and a $300 fine.

Possession of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, punishable by 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Distributing or manufacturing paraphernalia is a felony, punishable by 9 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

Subsequent marijuana offenses can double the penalties in each category.

Medical Program? — No.

Want to help change marijuana policy in Idaho for the better? Below are some great places to get started, via our Idaho activism page:

Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Idaho Americans for Safe Access

Idaho Norml

Idaho Marijuana Policy Project

Moms For Marijuana

Compassionate Idaho

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