If you are looking for a case study that can stand up to the ever-growing wave of change, look no further than our neighbors to the east. Once again, Idaho has made it clear that cannabis is not legal, and with good reason: it is one of the states most opposed to cannabis.
On 29 January the Idaho Senate Committee on State Affairs passed a resolution (6-2 votes) that would amend the state constitution and essentially introduce a "controlled substance" law for the use of cannabis as a controlled substance in the states. The vote takes the resolution from the state Senate to the House of Representatives, bringing it one step closer to a bill. As with any constitutional amendment, it must receive two-thirds of the votes in the Senate and House of Representatives before it can be passed. If the new law passes that hurdle, it would replace the legalization effort that may be on the ballot in 2022.
This is, however, the first time that the Idaho Legislature has voted in favor of legalizing cannabis in a very specific form since it has been uncompromisingly opposed to cannabis. Just days after Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize cannabis, the Idaho Senate passed a resolution saying that the legislature undertakes not to legalize cannabis in the state under any circumstances. This is nothing new in Idaho, but another year of anti-cannabis legislation in Idaho