The Blaine County Republican Central Committee passed a resolution on Tuesday to legalize marijuana in Idaho. The group does not condone marijuana use, but believes the War on Drug has failed and that prohibition is not the answer.
The resolution is not a law, nor will it lead to a law. It simply shows that the committee officially supports legalization.
The resolution passed on a vote of 6-2. Discussion prior to the vote focused on the failed War on Drugs and the most effective ways to keep marijuana out of the hands of children.
The text of the resolution reads, “The Blaine County GOP believes that the time has come to amend criminal prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization and education.”
The Blaine County Republicans will send the resolution to the Senate committee, but don’t expect it to go any further than that. According to Idaho Republican Party executive director Joshua Whitworth, it is common for central committees to pass resolutions. However, this is the first he’s seen on marijuana.
Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey disagrees with the committee’s stance. He admits that there are problems with the War on Drugs, but does not want to legalize marijuana. “[The War on Drugs] may not be working, but that doesn’t mean you should just give up.” He stated. “I think law enforcement’s role is to stay proactive on this issue.”