Marijuana Policy In Idaho

 Posted by at 2:55 AM on April 8, 2012  Ending Marijuana Prohibition
Apr 082012
 April 8, 2012

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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

About Johnny Green

Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • Muddy

    Idaho is a scary place for cannabis. Too many Mormons on the east side, and its government is full of prohibitionists. I receive letters from them(Senators/Congressman) after I write to them about  ending cannabis prohibition and all I get back are letters full of reefer madness, or false fact ridden propaganda.Â

    • johnnygreen

      A lot of my family is from Idaho, and some of the stories they tell me are very scary. I got caught with 14 grams in Oregon, and got a ticket. My cousin had a used pipe in his pocket and got jail time. That’s not right.

  • Kazaganthi

    I loved Coeur d’Alene. Lived there for 9 years and got high the whole time. Sure I got hassled by a few hard-assed cops trying to make a name for themselves, but I was never arrested for possession of marijuana or paraphanailia. I was, however, arrested for failure to appear in court when I didn’t even recieve a summons. They kinda dropped the ball there… and the juvenile court judge killed a guy driving drunk, douchebag should’ve been arrested and had his job taken away but still(as far as I know) is allowed to be a judge.