On The Monday, February 11, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Feb 8, 2019
  • A look at the medical implications of Medicaid expansion.
  • A bill is introduced to the Idaho legislature to curtail human sex trafficking.
  • State officials face scrutiny for record hemp bust.
  • Expressive Idaho visits a traditional Iranian drummer.

- St. Luke's President and CEO, Dr. David Pate, joins Idaho Matters to talk about the impact Medicaid expansion could have on community health and the healthcare industry.

- Idaho does not have a minimum age for marriage and many fear this could cause the state to become a destination for human trafficking. State Representative Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise) would like to see an end to marriages to girls under 18 and on Monday, she'll join Idaho Matters to discuss legislative efforts to place an age requirement on marriages.

- Last month, Idaho State Police busted a truck carrying nearly 7,000 pounds of industrial hemp. Federal regulators recognize hemp as a legal crop; Idaho places the multi-use crop in the same category as marijuana. Hemp does not contain THC, the psychoactive agent found in marijuana. This has created a standoff between hemp cultivator, Big Sky Scientific, and Idaho officials. We'll speak with area journalists about how this saga is parsing out and who could be on the hook for three-and-a-half tons of hemp.

- Olivia Weitz joins Idaho Matters to share the latest installment of Expressive Idaho. This month, Weitz visits an Idaho master of traditional Persian drumming.