Idaho Lawmakers Consider Decriminalizing Cocaine, Fentanyl, Meth & Heroin

Holly Matkin

State Senator Grant Burgoyne’s proposed law change would allow citizens to posses "personal use" amounts of the drugs.

Boise, ID – A Democratic Idaho state lawmaker has introduced a bill seeking to decriminalize drug possession for personal use amounts of fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin.

State Senator Grant Burgoyne’s proposed law change would also allow defendants to enter into chemical dependency treatment under certain circumstances using the same procedure as involuntary mental health commitments, the Marietta Daily Journal reported.

“I have heard from many of my constituents that there are too many people in Idaho prisons,” Burgoyne told the paper. “Idaho has a drug addiction problem, and we cannot arrest our way out of it.”

“To be clear, I am not asking that we legalize drug use, but we should consider decriminalization,” he added. “We need to start treating drug addiction with robust rehabilitation.”

Under the bill, possessing “trafficking” amounts of illegal drugs would continue to be a criminal offense.

However, the "trafficking amount" is high enough so that drug dealers could easily operate while possessing less than that quantity.

Those in possession of less than 28 grams of methamphetamine or cocaine wouldn’t have to worry about being arrested, nor would those who have less than two grams of heroin, the Marijuana Moment reported.

The law change would also allow people to posses up to 25 marijuana plants or less than one pound of marijuana without risking prosecution.

Burgoyne introduced the legislation as a “personal bill.” Such bills do not go through regular committee process and rarely even receive a hearing, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.

But in this case, the bill has been referred to the Judiciary and Rules Committee, and Chairman Todd Lakey has agreed to hold a hearing, Burgoyne told the Marijuana Moment.

Burgoyne said his main intention is to get citizens and lawmakers talking about treatment options rather than punishment, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.

Those who actually work with drug offenders were quick to speak out against the proposed legislation.

In a joint statement, the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association, Idaho Chiefs of Police Association, Idaho Fraternal Order of Police, and the Idaho Sheriff’s Association declared that the proposed law change “would be catastrophic to every Idaho community” if it was to be passed, the Marietta Daily Journal reported.

The groups also said that the bill would leave Idaho with “the weakest drug statute in the country.”

“We don’t need to look far to see what these types of laws and policies have done to surrounding states and cities,” the joint statement read. “For example, Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake, and California are struggling with the decriminalization of drug possession and the devastating consequences it has had on their communities and public safety.”

“This bill goes far beyond what even those cities and states have done and legalizes drug possession,” they added.

The groups also noted that “fact-based evidence” shows that the offenders who land in prison are almost always repeat offenders, the Marietta Daily Journal reported.

“It is simply not true that first time ‘non-violent drug offenders’ fill Idaho’s prisons,” they wrote. “Idaho’s citizens are being misled and this uninformed messaging is encouraging policies that will jeopardize public safety.”

Comments (82)
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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

yeah, I can't see how this would have any negative consequences for the people in Idaho.....

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Off the rails.

Aramovich
Aramovich

Especially the meth which leads to bizarre behavior.

flybynight
flybynight

For some reason I have a feeling they might be angling to tax it maybe. Show a Democrat a new tax and their eyes glaze over. Just what we need, more people walking around with what little brains they have at half mast. 🙄

ChiefC
ChiefC

Left wing liberal progressive socialist democrats hate America and everything it stands for. They will do anything to achieve their agenda of a government controlled socialist Mecca.

floridacop
floridacop

just when you think ok they hit rock bottom they come up with something just as stupid

Madmiker
Madmiker

Fire his butt!!! Now!

JBoH
JBoH

"A Democratic Idaho state lawmaker..."

Say no more...we already know the end result.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

🤣🤣🤣

BLKSKY
BLKSKY

Send him packing to California. How did he get elected in Idaho? SMH

Hic
Hic

Typical ridiculous statements from a democratic lawmaker! This guy sounds like he should be moved to Sacramento to peddle this garbage in a state that’s been turned into a banana republic from this type of thinking!

Imanoldfart
Imanoldfart

I guess dems will do anything for the vote

dlorisc
dlorisc

Get him out! Don’t ruin Idaho like California, Oregon and Washington!!!

Schmidt
Schmidt

Just give them a gun and get it over! This is the most insane thing I have seen!

BlueMooseCode4
BlueMooseCode4

So let me get this straight. In his mind "decriminalization" of a product does not make it legal? WTF Idaho?

DNW
DNW

The article does not mention if the drugs would still be confiscated. It seems counterintuitive to claim legislation that would give addicts a free pass represents a humane option for dealing with illegal drug use.

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

Note to self: Add Idaho to the list of states to avoid.

FearYourGovernment
FearYourGovernment

Putting people in prison for having a disease is insane.

Jefferson wrote: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness"

Even if people pursue happiness in foolish ways, they have the right to pursue it in their own way. Vices are not crimes.

When is it right to intervene? When he violates the rights of another. That is the significance of equality. Ones behavior is circumscribed, as Jefferson wrote in a letter, "only by the lines drawn around him by the equal rights of others". So as not to be misunderstood, he added "I do not add within the law, because the law is often but the Tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the Individual".

Hobbs10
Hobbs10

That's insane. Apparently Idaho doesn't have enough homeless, and they need to make it a Sh thole state like California.

Scattered
Scattered

Insanity. Pure unadulterated insanity. People on drugs go out and commit all kinds of crimes. For the first time Im glad Im not young and have no children. This country is going down!

Buckneccid
Buckneccid

Everyday, there's a larger fight to force people to stop smoking because it's hazardous to their heath, it may cause cancer if you smoke for a long time. Then we have actions where they want to legalize putting actual immediately poisonous and hazardous chemicals into your body while patting you on the back, "there, there, it's not your fault, let's make it easier for you to get it with no punishment, we'll just fine smokers to pay for you"

Hi_Hi-Burgasometimes
Hi_Hi-Burgasometimes

Clearly he’s a Potato Head

Jones24
Jones24

And he’s very happy about it. What is going on in the U.S.?

weaverdebrah
weaverdebrah

I can't believe this whackadoodle is proposing this!! But then again he is a Democrat, so it makes sense, they do not live in reality!! If he gets his way, Idaho will become another California!!! Very Sad!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#socialworkers. #mental hospitals

TopDocBo
TopDocBo

OMG, to think that any early reader can gleam trouble ahead simply reading the news from California, Portland, or any other place that has or is having laws like these in place.

RPG156
RPG156

Hey Genius..... Decriminalization = Legalization.

SigLady
SigLady

This makes me embarrassed to be from the great state of Idaho!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Rehab is fine so long as the person being sent actually wants to get sober. Otherwise, it's a waste of time. Decriminalization is definitely not the answer, especially with the drugs he's proposing to legalize. It will turn the potato state into another California, NY, or Washington. But what the hell, I don't have any plans to visit any of those states so to you people living there, keep voting for democrats. You deserve what you get.

ShadowGryphon
ShadowGryphon

To everyone who can't see the upside, let me present this idea: this would be a self-correcting problem.
They would either OD or end up getting shot.
either way, problem corrected.
But that's just me, always looking for the silver lining.

=-)

pixiepup
pixiepup

They r nutty in the head!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

So much for all the LEO’s that have given their lives protecting the streets of America and our youth from these drugs.

Now, the politicians have corrupted the minds of our kids in another way and that’s by selling them nonsense like this.

Tell me, if we decriminalize all drugs and write appearance tickets rather than arrest people, why should our nation’s police force risk their lives for only a hand full of hard core knuckleheads?

They shouldn’t. Open carry should be the law of the land and either you learn to live with your neighbors in peace or there’s a showdown at high noon tomorrow in the town square.

May as well, that’s what we’re leaning towards anyhow.

NomonK
NomonK

How in Gods name can we as Americans criminalize 17 yr olds for possession of beer, driving with an open container in the car. Make it against the law for anyone under 18 to buy tobacco products or outlaw flavored Vapes and do what this fool is doing.
It will reduce the price on the black market. That makes it real nice.

Hbsgtmaj
Hbsgtmaj

And Idaho begins the slide to become California!

Ciacovelli 19
Ciacovelli 19

We can not let this bill be passed! We would have an influx of druggies from all over the world!

Caddis
Caddis

I moved to Idaho from the California s-hole created by liberals as many have as myself. This bill has no chance of going anywhere here. Prison is a great rehab center with many programs for those who want to get clean. CA. calls their drug problem homelessness blaming it on the high cost of living and "mental health" problems to avoid the real issue of liberals making drugs legal to get votes from young people and low information voters (aka: morons)

Raymelson
Raymelson

I'm not sure how this would work but think first they should run a 6 months pilot program which would be enough tim to see how it would work

jarhead24
jarhead24

This would create more addicts than the liberals could ever imagine. What happens when junkies need drugs and don’t have money to buy them?
They rob, steal, car jack, murder and sell their own kids to get high. Progressive radical libtards ruining America one policy at a time.

AlwaysTrumper
AlwaysTrumper

I'm not gonna even read the article. My response to the headline is that I'm all for legalizing it. Let the dumbazzes ingest as much as they want, until it kills them. Goodbye, good riddance. The sooner the druggies, lowlifes, and dredges of society die, the better the rest of society will be. And that includes, especially all the gangbangers. I encourage it.

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

Dumb asses. So how many people will be killed because operators of planes, heavy equipment etc will be on these hard drugs.

Binford
Binford

What a bunch of idiots just 3 little granules can kill a bunch of people on contact way to go Idaho!

Dra71
Dra71

Is this fool a California transplant?

Gramercy
Gramercy

Good luck with that, Idaho! Welcome to California-living!!!!!

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

He probably does that stuff himself. Idiots like him should not be allowed to run for any office!

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

The DemoRATS are killing this country

With all the proven facts out there this leftover druggie from the sixties wants his drugs

We have to look at who voted for this pos! What lies, deception, smoke and mirrors were used to get elected.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Hell, just open your Opium dens too! Legalizing this poison would be like telling young kids go for it! Just start taxing the cartels when they bring their poison into the US......then you'll have all the money you need to bury young and old alike! Idiots!

Raccoonie
Raccoonie

Locking people up for drug use instead of sending them to rehab don't work. I applaud the bill. I don't live in Idaho though. I am in Oregon. Decriminalization and legalize are two different things.

SmileAndWave
SmileAndWave

I honestly can't believe any of the people in these comments are in law enforcement. This is downright scary and sheds a big light on the deteriorating conditions in american law enforcement.

amlee
amlee

Want your cities to end up in filth with the likes of freeatle and LA....this is how you do it. WHY ARE DEMOCRATS SOO STUPID WITH THIS?


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