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Idaho State Police

A Colorado company is fighting drug trafficking charges in Idaho after one of its drivers was caught transporting nearly 7,000 pounds of non-pyschoactive hemp. A petition is currently making the rounds to drop the charges against the shipping company and the driver of the truck. Idaho Matters looks into this case and efforts to absolve some of the players with Idaho State Representative Ilana Rubel (D-Boise) and Tracy Olson, a concerned citizen.

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The Idaho Legislature finally wrapped up and went home Thursday after one of the longest sessions in years.

At the end, the House and the Senate were at odds over several issues: legalizing hemp cultivation, new offices for the House and changes to the citizen initiative process.

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A bill that would legalize hemp in Idaho is headed to the state Senate. The proposal may also gain a key ally with a few tweaks.

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The Idaho House of Representatives passed a bill Monday to legalize hemp in the state. 

When President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill it became legal to produce hemp in the U.S. But  it’s a little more complicated than that.

 If states want a say in how hemp is grown within their borders, they have to make a plan.  Otherwise, the feds will do it for them.  Colorado and Utah already had some rules on the books. 

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As the legal wrangling over a 7,000-pound load of a green, leafy substance seized by Idaho State Police continues, the company behind the cargo says new proceedings vindicate it.

Idaho State Police

A nearly 7,000-pound load of a green, leafy substance the Idaho State Police intercepted last month at a checkpoint near Boise is staying put in the Gem State. That’s despite a court filing by the company claiming the plants are industrial hemp.

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Efforts to legalize hemp in the Gem State continue to unfold at the capitol.

Idaho is one of just three states to have no legislation pertaining to the use of hemp. Nebraska and South Dakota are the others. While the federal Farm Bill now treats hemp as a commodity, Idaho statutes don’t share that perspective. The effort underway at the statehouse is to bring Idaho into accord with the federal guidelines.


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A measure to ease the punishment for a first-time offense of possessing marijuana passed a committee in the legislature unanimously.

Idaho State Police

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.

Idaho State Police

Last year’s farm bill made it legal to grow and transport hemp in the U.S. But a recent seizure in Idaho this month illustrates the confusion over its legality in states, especially those with a hemp cultivation ban on the books.

 

Matthew Barakat / AP

The latest Farm Bill signed by President Trump this month opens up the possibility for farmers to grow hemp, but it’s still up to each state to legalize the crop.