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Idaho Senate advances measure opposing marijuana

State Sen. Chuck Winder has a simple message for states that have relaxed laws on the use of marijuana: Not here in Idaho.

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously Feb. 8 to introduce and hold a hearing on a resolution pitched by the Boise Republican opposing marijuana use in any form.

The measure also urges President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce existing federal laws tied to moving drugs across state lines.

“It’s kind of like the immigration issue,” Winder said. “If (the federal government is) not enforcing the immigration issue, then it’s left to the states to do it. All we’re saying is, (marijuana) is causing problems to the cities and jurisdictions, so please enforce federal law as it comes to transportation of illegal drugs.”

Last fall, voters in Washington state approved an initiative allowing adults over 21 to have up to an ounce of pot. Colorado voters approved a similar initiative in November.

Washington is expected to begin issuing licenses to marijuana growers, processors and retail stores, and the state’s Liquor Control Board is developing rules for the fledgling marijuana industry. Sales in Washington are set to begin late this year.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder last month, but were given no guidance on how the federal government will respond to plans in Washington and Colorado to set up legal markets for marijuana.

Winder said law enforcement officials along Idaho’s western border are already dealing with drug trafficking due to the legalization of marijuana for medical use in Oregon, or with Idahoans crossing the border to obtain medical marijuana cards in Oregon or Montana

Winder says he hopes the federal government takes steps to oppose Washington’s law and to help states battle illegal trafficking of the drug.

The resolution comes after former Moscow Republican Rep. Tom Trail proposed legalizing marijuana for seriously or terminally ill patients. Trail introduced legislation in 2012 and 2011, but both times his bill failed to gain support.

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2 comments

  1. Stop fighting it. Idaho will be better off if we regulate it, tax it and stop spending so much on enforcement and incarcerating non-violent citizens.

  2. Great joke about a talking dog, that perfectly illustrates the hypocrisy of Idaho’s political class and the gullible, obedient nimrods that put them in….

    A traveling salesman is passing by a big mansion out in the middle of nowhere in eastern Idaho, when he spies a small sign pointing back to the manse, “For Sale, Talking Dog”. A mile or so down the road his curiosity gets best of him and he wheels around and drives back, entering a long majestic tree-lined avenue up to this fabulous fortress with this dude sitting on the giant front porch in a rocking chair, smoking a cigar reading the Wall St. Journal.

    “You the guy with the talking dog for sale?” “Sure am, he’s ’round back at the barn” So our pilgrim, ever wary that this is some kind of candid camera style joke, makes his way back to where a friendly enough Lab-mix is lying there with some puppies play nearby. Still looking around for a camera crew, he bends down & places his hand over his mouth, and whispers, embarrassed, “Are you the talking dog?”

    “Matter of fact I am” the dog replies (it’s an articulate dog)…our traveling pilgrim is dumbfounded. “duh, duh, I don’t understand, what’s talking dog doing out here in the middle of nowhere in eastern Idaho?”

    “Well when my master discovered discovered I had this talent…” the dog explains, “he put me out on contracts to the CIA, a very lucrative one at that since I’m responsible for all this wealth you see, and the Feds trained me in all these foreign languages, and placed me in the field all around the world…”

    “I disrupted numerous plots against the Republic, and was twice commended in secret in the basement of the White House by the President himself, but after 8 years or so I got burned out and decided to come back to the farm and settle down…”

    Still in a state of shock, the man listening slowly backs up, nodding his head at the dog’s tale, and makes his way back to the man on the front porch, “How much you want for that dog?” he asks the guy in the rocking chair. “$10 dollars, and not a nickel less” the guy replies.

    Fumbling to the get the money out of his wallet, he nervously hands the guy a 10-spot, and the man in the chair tosses him a leash, and he finds himself zipping around the corner back to the dog, when he suddenly stops and thinks to himself. Looking back at the man in the rocker, “Wait a minute! why you letting that dog go so cheap?”

    The man in the rocker barely looks up from his paper and replies, “that dog is a damn liar, he never did any of that stuff”.

    Idaho: where ideology & religion trumps practicality & prosperity.

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