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Anti-drug constitutional amendment discussed in legislative session Monday

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Posted at 4:51 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 19:22:23-05

BOISE — A proposed anti-drug constitutional amendment to the Idaho constitution would prohibit Idaho from legalizing any and all psychoactive drugs that are not already legal from 2020.

Republican Senator C. Scott Grow introduced this measure, SJR 101, with the ultimate goal of protecting Idahoan families, children and the community from harmful drugs and drug culture.

“We’re not just talking Marijuana. We’re talking all of these recreational drugs: cocaine, heroin, LSD, meth and all of that," Grow said. "When that becomes legal, there's a drug culture that moves in and then becomes predominant in the state.”

His measure would allow the state to have only psychoactive drugs that are legal and approved by the FDA, dispensed at a pharmacy, or given as a prescription from a patient's physician

“This is a great state. We want to protect and preserve Idaho and keep it from being overrun with the drug culture that comes with the legalization of these illicit drugs and that ensures the health and safety of our families, our children and our community,” Grow said.

For SJR 101 to change the Idaho state constitution, it will need two-thirds passage in the house and senate, then approval from Idahoans in the November 2022 election.

Testimony finished up this morning after more than 20 people testified. A vote will be delayed until this Wednesday.