Candidate Report Card

 

Candidates have been sent emails that ask for their stance 

on Cannabis legalization in Idaho. 


This page will be updated as we receive their responses. 


CANNABIS REFORM IS A BIPARTISAN ISSUE AND GRADE RESULTS DO NOT REFLECT 

A POLITICAL ENDORSEMENT BY LEGALIZE IDAHO


KEY -  (R)=Republican
         (D)=Democrat

            (I)=Independent

           (L)=Libertarian

             (C)= Constitution

Grading Criteria

DOES YOUR CANDIDATE SUPPORT LEGALIZING IDAHO?


CANDIDATE SUPPORTS:

Recreational Marijuana +1 point
Medical Marijuana +1 point

Industrial Hemp +1 point

CBD Products +1 point

Decriminalization +1 point

Ending the War on Drugs +1 point


GRADING:


6/6 points = A+

5/6 points = A

4/6 points = A-

3/6 points = B

2/6 points = C

1/6 points = D

0/6 points = F


Failed to Respond = F

No Response = ZERO POINTS


Last Update: 10/01/2018
Candidates can still receive a grade if we receive their response.

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What Grade did your candidate receive?

What Grade did your candidate receive?

Governor

Brad Little (R)

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Public Comments:

 “I support existing Idaho law and oppose the legalization of marijuana.”   

https://idahofreedom.org/gov-candidates-marijuana-bad-two-candidates-support-cbd-oil-legalization/


 

“I am incredibly sympathetic to those parents that have got epileptic children,” Little said. “My hope was that the cost of this would come down, and that there would be quality-controlled CBD oil. … I am not in any way, shape or form an opponent of quality-controlled CBD oil.”

However, Little said he has heard concerns from law enforcement about a “slippery slope” if uncontrolled CBD oil sales are allowed, including that it could “act as a cover for medical marijuana to expand to a higher level,” or that “people with nefarious intentions could get around drug dogs and use something like this as cover.”

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2018/mar/06/little-cbd-oil-its-got-be-quality-controlled/

Paulette Jordan (D)

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond

(We heard from Paulette's team and her response should be sent to us soon. It will be posted ASAP!)


Public Comments:

"We have to be above the party system, we have to be above partisanship, and say that we hear your stories and we value your children; and your children's future. So we were right there, and our governor vetoed legislation."


"I want to see Idaho's citizens be able to benefit from the [criminal justice] savings, and of course not only pushing for the legalization of Cannabis, but also looking to reduce our prison population."

https://www.facebook.com/6OnYourSide/videos/315721665691678/UzpfSTEyNTk3ODk5ODA1MTY0OToyNjY5NDM5NzcyODg0ODM/


 "If we decriminalize cannabis in the state of Idaho, we would save 23 million dollars alone. As a conservative myself, especially when it comes to the utilization of taxpayer resources, I want to see Idaho's citizens be able to benefit from those savings"

https://www.kivitv.com/news/idaho-advocates-for-cannabis-reform-gather-at-town-hall-meeting 


 “It’s definitely a better alternative, a natural resource, a natural medicine that has benefited many people,” 

https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/local/advocates-discuss-cannabis-reform-at-boise-town-hall-meeting/277-601852105


Idaho’s Republican-dominated Legislature has been staunch in its opposition to loosening the state’s strict laws on marijuana. Jordan, by contrast, strongly favors legalizing medical marijuana. She said she also favors legalizing recreational marijuana but would prefer to leave that to voters to enact by initiative. 

 “Drug crimes are on the rise, but they shouldn’t be held in prison for that,” she said, calling incarceration of drug users akin to “captive slave labor.” “I don’t think that’s a responsible way for us to be as leaders of our society,” she said. 

https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/idaho-governor-s-race-contrasts-visions-family-traditions/article_16212132-6615-5bb6-807f-42fc01335d55.html


 A proponent of medicinal marijuana, Jordan said she worked on a bill in the Legislature last year to decriminalize marijuana across the state.

“I realize it’s baby steps in this state,” Jordan said. “But the fact of the matter remains that 70 percent of our borders are surrounded by states that have legalized marijuana.”

https://www.idahostatejournal.com/news/local/native-american-gubernatorial-candidate-speaks-in-pocatello/article_16123913-0e33-58cf-ae17-f581ceb93075.html


Bev Angel Boeck (L)

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Public Comments:

"As the Libertarian candidate, I hope to shine the light of day on issues such as Education (47th in the nation), Wages (49th in the nation), the opioid crisis, medical cannabis research and traffic." 

http://theidahoan.com/libertarian-candidates/bev-angel-boeck/

Walter Bayes (C)

No Contact Info Available

No Contact Info Available


No Public Comments Available

Lisa Marie (R)

No Contact Info Available


No Public Comments Available

Lt. Governor

Janice McGeachin (R)

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


No Public Comments Available

Kristin Collum (D)

Grade: A+

6/6 points


Comments:

( Recreational Marijuana)
Only with support from a ballot initiative.  Ultimately I'm not a fan of politicians who claim to represent the will of the voters without actually having a mandate from the voters.  A ballot initiative will give the voters a chance to tell lawmakers where they stand on the issue and where they'd like to see Idaho move into the future. 


(Medical Marijuana)

This would require a doctors prescription and could immediately result in direct benefit to the citizens of Idaho I don't believe a ballot initiative is necessary and the legislature should take immediate steps to legalize. 


(CBD Oil)

 Absolutely.  CBD is the non psychoactive component of Marijuana and Hemp and as such it is difficult to lay any claim that it is a Schedule One drug and has been proven to help eliminate Epileptic seizures in some children and even animals. 


(Industrial Hemp)

Right now the Hemp market is under supplied which means this could be a financial win for our state.  Let's not be the last to get on this bandwagon and lose out on a great opportunity. 


(Decriminalization)

Only with support from a ballot initiative and only in the context of regulation of the market and ensuring marijuana can be taxed to fund harm reduction and education programs.  We shouldn't, and honestly don't need to approach this issue in a vacuum.  We need to learn from the mistakes of the states around us and ensure that we are properly regulating the market and ensuring the added revenue are benefiting the state. 


(End of the War on Drugs)

Raising four daughters I've seen the impact of the war on drugs on their friends and classmates and would like us as a society to consider that maybe drug use isn't so much a law enforcement issue as it is a public health issue.  Certainly if we can remove financial incentives of the cartels and provide people with safe alternatives to an illegal market we should explore those options.  Some of the worst drugs only exist because of the war on drugs.  

Attorney General

Lawrence Wasden (R)

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


No Public Comments Available

Bruce Bistline (D)

No Contact Info Available


No Public Comments Available 

Secretary of State

Lawerence Denney (R)

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


No Public Comments Available

Jill Humble (D)

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


No Public Comments Available

United States House - District 1

Russ Fulcher (R)

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Public Comments:

Legislative Summary:
Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

  • WHEREAS, marijuana has a negative impact on public health and safety; and
  • WHEREAS, the THC content of marijuana has risen dramatically in the last 30 years; and
  • WHEREAS, marijuana use has a detrimental effect on individual learning and brain development; and
  • WHEREAS, national pro-marijuana organizations have invested millions to push drug legalization in America, and have targeted Idaho for a "medical" marijuana initiative in 2014; and
  • WHEREAS, drug legalization efforts in other states have led to social, economic and legal chaos, with programs full of fraud and abuse; and
  • NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Idaho Legislature states its opposition to efforts to legalize marijuana for any purpose in the State of Idaho.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 29-5; 

Sen. Russ Fulcher voted YEA; 

no further action after Resolution passed.

http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Russ_Fulcher_Drugs.htm

Cristina McNeil (D)

Grade: A+

6/6 Points


Comments:

People have the right to decide what is best for them. 

This is not a decision that the Government should take. 

A petition for a Medical Marijuana Ballot is a start.

W. Scott Howard (L)

Grade: A+

6/6 points


Comment:
The “War on Drugs” has been a total failure.  It has cost tax payers money, has caused our prison system to be overloaded, and has permanently affected the employability of many just for having possessed drugs.  Various states have legalized it with decreased violent crime, and increased state revenue.   According to our founding documents, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”  Yet currently the Government seems to ignore this acknowledgement.  I will oppose any regulation that limits any of our rights. 

"Pro-Life" Marvin Richardson (C)

No Contact Info Available


No Public Comments Available

United States House - District 2

Michael Simpson (R)

Grade: F

0/0 Points

Failed to Respond


Public Comments:

 Simpson has a "D" rating from NORML for his voting history regarding cannabis-related causes. Simpson is opposed to veterans having access to medical marijuana if recommended by their Veterans Health Administration doctor and if it is legal for medicinal purposes in their state of residence.

http://norml.org/congressional-scorecard/idaho

Aaron Swisher (D)

Grade: A+

6/6 points


Comments:

I am running for a federal office (U.S. House of Representatives). My official position in terms of federal policy is to legalize industrial hemp, legalize medical marijuana and CBD products, and decriminalize marijuana for recreational use (allowing states to fully legalize if they choose).  If marijuana is decriminalized federally, I would personally support full legalization in Idaho. 

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