Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter vetoed a bill on April 16 that attempted to secure the legalization of marijuana.
Earlier this month, a county meeting was held on April 6, where Senate Bill 1146 was discussed, resulting in a passing vote of 39-30.
The legalization of marijuana has been a controversial issue for some time now. Many public officials are unsure if the reasons behind the push for legalization have enough medical and scientific evidence to back it up.
If Senate Bill 1146 were implemented, the “cannabidiol oil,” or CBD, would be used as a treatment method for those suffering with specific health problems.
Some concerns that Idaho officials have towards the passing of Senate Bill 1146 is the lack of regulation and the presence of emotion-based decision-making.
According to Fremont County Chief Probation Officer Darin Burrell, the Marijuana Policy Project, or MPP, has spent over $13 million in an effort to secure the legalization of marijuana.
THC is the chemical found in marijuana that causes a person to become high. However, it has been scientifically proven that CBD will not result in a high.
The legalization of marijuana and similar counterpart CBD are still under discussion in the Idaho legislation.