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Hoffman: Idaho must rethink cannabis

It joins Oregon and Washington in permitting the possession and sale of cannabis products for medicinal as well as recreational purposes. Wyoming and Utah allow a legal non-mind altering cannabis extract for medicinal reasons. Montana expanded its medical marijuana law on Tuesday.

We need to ask whether the prohibition against marijuana is worth the cost. We should ask whether both non-hallucinogenic and hallucinogenic marijuana should continue to be treated the same, from a legal perspective, wherein small amounts of any part of a cannabis plant can result in a year behind bars and a $1,000 fine.

The main issue has to do with Idahoans making their own medical choices, and those choices being criminalized. We must ask whether cannabis crimes are worth requiring working men and women to give up their day jobs and sources of income to sit on a jury that will deliberate on a punishment where only the drug user was impacted and where, in many instances, the user is arguably helped through marijuana use. More here.

Agree or disagree with Wayne Hoffman?

Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.