Idaho Senate Panel Approves Two Anti-Marijuana Measures

 by lucy

On Wednesday, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee approved two anti-marijuana resolutions.

Senator Chuck Winder explained, “We are making a statement that we as a legislature, at this time, do not support the legalization of marijuana because of the impact we’ve seen in the other states around us.”

One of the measures urges the government to enforce existing drug laws along borders with states that continue to relax marijuana statutes.  The other measure is a resolution affirming Idaho’s position against any use of marijuana, medical or otherwise.

Both resolutions are symbolic policy gestures, but they are headed to the Senate for debate.

At a public hearing on the measures Wednesday, more than 150 people — including more than a dozen teens wearing red “Don’t let Idaho go to pot” t-shirts — packed a Capitol auditorium to debate marijuana use.

Some people said they have considered moving out of Idaho due to its strict marijuana laws.  Others argued for the medical benefits of marijuana.  But law enforcement and anti-drug groups made their presence known and backed the measure against marijuana, “a gateway drug.”

Idaho neighbors marijuana-friendly states, including Oregon and Montana.



9 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    Nadroj said on Feb 21, 2013

    Fucking I-duh-ho

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    LloydChristmas said on Feb 21, 2013

    "Gateway drug"? It's a gateway drug because its illegal. Someone selling cannabis illegally will most likely have other illegal substances. If all those anti-marijuana poiliticians had any common sense, they would realize they are fighting a losing battle

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    ErrlDabman said on Feb 21, 2013

    tobacco and alcohol are the true legal gateway to drugs

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    dallas said on Feb 21, 2013

    A poor educational system, lack of true opportunities, poor parenting and a deluge of other society related things are far more "gateway" than marijuana.

    But if you can put a face on something and act like you're doing a service… you might just get re-elected. Such is the way of things.

  5. 1

    reactor420 said on Feb 21, 2013

    Dallas, you are 100% on point.

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    Jbone said on Feb 22, 2013

    You could say caffeine is a gateway drug for other stimulants. Is cough medicine a gateway drug for downers? Haha this shit makes me laugh always trying to pair it with a bad name to get people to back it. All the way back to when the government got outlawed cannabis by calling it "marijuana" the Mexican name to link it with immigrants ect. Because at the time everyone used hemp. So if they were like we're going to make hemp illegal no one would of backed it.

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    Kushsurfin said on Feb 22, 2013

    "One of the measures urges the government to enforce existing drug laws along borders with states that continue to relax marijuana statutes." Yea right. Nobody drives anymore everybody ships

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    spkavyo said on Feb 22, 2013

    Any bets they're Republicans! Cannabis is the most useful, most benign plant that man has ever used. Hemp has multiple industrial uses and contains virtually no THC, less than 1%, and can't be used to "get high". Sometimes I think politicians hate pot so much because it makes you feel good at the same time you are being medicated. Anyway, these laws are bullshit!

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