Idaho is surrounded.
Like it or not, Idaho stands alone in the West as the only state to still treat the possession of marijuana by adults as a crime worthy of arrest and incarceration.
As more Idaho adults cross the border to purchase marijuana and bring it back into Idaho, our law enforcement resources are diverted from policing serious crimes and threats to public safety.
With national support for marijuana legalization rising and federal laws set to change, many Idahoans are concerned that legalization of marijuana—and any harms associated with it—is inevitably coming to Idaho.
What if there was another way to legalize marijuana?
A way that preserves Idaho’s unique way of life while protecting the privacy of its adult citizens?
A way that prevents the harms marijuana commercialization presents to our youth and maintains the tools police need to fight drug crime?
What if there was an Idaho Way to legalize marijuana?
Legalization the Idaho Way.
Few Americans actually support the arrest and incarceration of adults who use marijuana. An April Pew Research Center poll found only 8% of Americans support jailing even the sick and disabled people who use marijuana as medicine, as Idaho does.
But some Americans are concerned about the commercialization of marijuana, its effect on kids and neighborhoods, and its grip on politicians dependent on marijuana tax revenues.
With every state bordering Idaho allowing the sales of marijuana products to adults, we have a unique opportunity to end the criminalization of responsible adult marijuana use (for medical purposes or just for fun) without suffering the harms of full-scale marijuana commercialization.
In Southwestern Idaho’s Treasure Valley, everyone is aware that there are nine marijuana shops in Ontario, Oregon, selling over $9 million of product monthly, mostly to Idahoans.
In Northern Idaho, there are numerous shops in Clarkston, Pullman, and Spokane, Washington, selling over $4 million of product monthly, largely to Idahoans.
In 2022, marijuana shops will be opening in Jackpot, Nevada, to service South Central Idaho’s Magic Valley, and all along Montana’s western border to service Southeastern Idaho.
Idahoans are regularly traveling as long as five hours one-way to legally purchase marijuana out-of-state, only to illegally bring it back home to Idaho.
What if we made that drive and keeping the purchase at home or private property—and only that—legal?
PAMDA is the Idaho Way
PAMDA (Personal Adult Marijuana Decriminalization Act) is the Idaho Way to legalize marijuana. It defines a very specific type of legalization that maintains the prohibition of any marijuana shops, marijuana gardens, and public marijuana use in the state of Idaho.
- Marijuana must be purchased out-of-state at a legal marijuana shop.
- Marijuana may only be transported in its sealed childproof containers with proof of purchase.
- Total weight of the transported marijuana products must be three ounces or less.
- Marijuana must be transported directly from the legal marijuana shop to private property.
- Marijuana may only be used and stored on private property with permission of the owner.
- Marijuana may only be used, possessed, and transferred by adults 21 years of age or older in amounts of three ounces or less.
Outside of these narrow parameters, marijuana possession, cultivation, use, and sales will remain as illegal in Idaho as they are today.
the Idaho Way of life.
With PAMDA, the medical marijuana patients in Idaho (or their caregivers) can be safe to drive across the border, purchase their medicine, drive it back, and use it in their home or nursing facility (with permission).
With PAMDA, Idaho adults who simply enjoy taking the edge off a long day with marijuana instead of alcohol can bring home marijuana products from out-of-state and use them in private at home, without being branded a criminal.
With PAMDA, Idaho avoids the commercialization of marijuana that has led to the street advertising, urban blight, and promotion to children that has plagued our neighboring states.
With PAMDA, law enforcement can still police the irresponsible use of marijuana in public, marijuana use by minors, and the criminal trafficking of large amounts of marijuana and other drugs.
With PAMDA, there is no new Idaho marijuana bureaucracy to fund and no marijuana tax revenues to influence Idaho lawmakers—there is only letting Idaho adults use marijuana in the privacy of their homes or other private property with permission of the owner.