Idaho Medical Hashish Invoice named after veteran launched

Within the cannabis community, Idaho has built a reputation for being one of the strictest states in the US when it comes to legalizing cannabis. Even if hemp is legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, it will remain to grow illegally the facility for commercial use in the “Gem State”. To top it off, the Idaho Senate approved a constitutional amendment banning future cannabis legalization bills and allowing limited medical options. If approved by the Idaho House, it would stand before voters in 2022.

Fortunately, there are people in Idaho who are committed to change. And this particular chorus of support comes from mostly conservative voices. Representatives Ilana Rubel and Mike Kingsley introduced legislation to legalize medical cannabis, named after Sgt. Jeremy Kitzhaber.

Kitzhaber, 50, is an Idahoan born and raised who served in the US Air Force for 22 years. It has been used in a variety of countries on three continents and has received numerous awards for achievements including Meritorious Service Metals and the National Certains of Foreign Wars Beyond the Call award.

During his two decades in the service, Kitzhaber was exposed to frequent radioactive material that has exposed him to stage 4 cancer. He’s already had 20 rounds of chemotherapy and a series of surgeries that removed certain organs to keep the cancer from spreading. Thanks to all of this, Kitzhaber is in constant pain.

Currently, his doctors have him on a prescription for opioids. However, these are not only associated with extreme risks (such as addiction and overdose), they also leave Kitzhaber with nightmares. In response to this bad reaction, many doctors have suggested ingesting medicinal cannabis.

Unfortunately, Idaho is one of only 14 states that still ban the regulation of medicinal cannabis.

Kitzhaber has gone to the neighboring states, where recreational and medical cannabis is legalized, to try it out. He found that cannabis not only helped relieve his pain, but also didn’t leave him with nightmares.

While some have suggested that Kitzhaber should only smuggle some of this medicine into Idaho, he stands by the idea that he’s not a lawbreaker. For two years now, he has been drafting a bill that will develop regulations and controls for medical cannabis in Idaho.

These regulations proposed by Kitzhaber are much stricter than those of other states with medicinal cannabis. For example, all cannabis products must be contained in a blister-sealed packaging (medical dosage form) and can only be purchased in limited doses. Patients are not allowed to grow cannabis at home, and the only way to get access to a medical card is through providers who can prescribe opioids.

Many Democrats and Republicans come together to support the Sergeant Kitzhaber Medical Cannabis Act, believing that pain is not a partisan issue. It is too early to say whether the invoice will be handed over or not. A. Survey 2019 shows that 72 percent of Idahoers support medicinal cannabis.

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