The northwestern state of Idaho has much stricter cannabis laws than most of it’s neighboring states. A person caught in possession of any amount of cannabis, from less than one gram to three ounces, in Idaho could face up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Consuming marijuana or being high in public can translate into a six month jail sentence, a $1,000 fine and a misdemeanor criminal charge.
The Idaho Moms for Marijuana organization is going to risk these charges in order to stand up for their rights in front of the state capitol building on Friday January 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm. On New Year’s Day, the group of moms will display a peaceful act of civil disobedience in order to gain the attention of lawmakers in the Gem State and raise awareness that it is time to reform the state’s cannabis policies.
The event, Idaho Moms New Year’s Day Smoke Out, is BYOB (bring your own bud), and has 82 confirmed attendees and another 123 considering.
The Facebook Event Page clearly warns those who plan to attend that they may risk criminal charges should they choose to light up with the rest of the group at 4:20 pm. While local law enforcement may choose to intervene and shut down the peaceful protest, the Idaho Moms for Marijuana are hopeful that it won’t come down to that. A similar demonstration five years ago resulted in zero arrests.
Whether or not you are a mom in Idaho, you can support their cause by liking their Facebook page, sharing the event or joining them on the steps of the state capitol building in Boise at 700 W Jefferson St.
photo credit: Idaho Moms for Marijuana