Idaho Braces for Battle Over Legalizing MMJ

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  Idaho Braces for Battle Over Legalizing MMJ

Posted by CN Staff on February 26, 2013 at 05:11:41 PT
By Laura Zuckerman, Reuters 
Source: Reuters 

Salmon, Idaho -- Idaho, a state known more for growing potatoes than marijuana, is bracing for a battle to legalize medical marijuana, as a growing number of U.S. states permit pot for both health and recreational use. The Idaho Senate on Monday made its position clear with a 29-5 vote against allowing marijuana for even medical uses in the conservative state. The resolution, which will now go to the state House of Representatives, is only a political gesture. Marijuana is already illegal under both state and federal law.
Proponents of liberalized pot laws - spearheaded by a group called Compassionate Idaho - told senators last week they were working on a medical marijuana initiative they hope to place on the state ballot next year. Eighteen states, plus the District of Columbia, have legalized marijuana for medical use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In November, Washington state and Colorado went a step further and voters approved legalizing pot for recreational use. Chuck Winder, assistant majority leader of the Republican-led Senate, told lawmakers on Monday that the anti-marijuana measure he crafted was vital to ensuring the safety of Idaho residents, especially children. Republicans also hold a majority in the state House. While the majority of Idaho senators on Monday expressed staunch opposition to legalization of marijuana in the state, some local officials and political leaders in the more liberal-leaning Sun Valley area have pushed to relax marijuana laws. "It chases ghosts that haven't appeared yet in anticipation that they might," Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett of the affluent resort community of Ketchum said of the resolution. She said the measure was dismissive of those who rely on marijuana to provide relief from pain and other chronic health conditions. Editing by Cynthia Johnston, Steve Gorman and Lisa ShumakerSource: Reuters (Wire)Author: Laura Zuckerman, ReutersPublished: February 25, 2013Copyright: 2013 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #4 posted by ekim on February 26, 2013 at 06:42:49 PT
CO. bill on DUI for cannabis
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on February 26, 2013 at 06:26:55 PT

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Verizon is having a tower problem in our area so it might be a couple of days they said until it is fixed. Sometimes it works but sometimes it doesn't. I hope I don't miss important news.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on February 26, 2013 at 06:05:37 PT

CO News
Colorado task force says marijuana should be in child-proof packages isn't whiskey in child-proof packages? And how come beer, wine and whiskey can be advertised but not the safer, 100% pure plant material?These recommendations treat cannabis as though it is more dangerous than booze, which it isn't.I thought I voted to legalize and regulate cannabis like booze.No doubt, We've moved forward and it is legal, but... So get it going and sort things out later. 64 has only just begun.
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