Marijuana

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A group of Republicans in Twin Falls is pushing back against a proposed ordinance that would open a recreational marijuana dispensary just across the border in Nevada.

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Elko County Commissioners will consider allowing Jackpot to open the county’s first marijuana dispensary as the local economy tries to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Eastern Oregon has a new weed shop, this one in Ontario. Weedology opened last Friday and there were a number of Ada and Canyon County license plates in the parking lot. While recreational pot is legal in Oregon and now can be purchased just an hour away from Boise, it's illegal in Idaho. We talk with Idaho Statesman reporter Michael Katz who was there the day the shop opened. 

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An Idaho group is trying to get medical marijuana on the 2020 ballot - they've got 10 months to gather signatures from around the state.

 

Several Democratic hopefuls for 2020 say they support legalizing marijuana at the federal level. But the potential nominee from our region who oversaw the legalization of the drug is his state, has reservations.

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The Idaho Legislature is going strong, with almost 300 bills moving through committees. They cover a wide variety of topics, from public education funding to marijuana laws, to liquor license requirements.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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It's the biggest Idaho drug traffic bust any state trooper can remember: a three-ton load of marijuana officers found on I-84.

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Host Gemma Gaudette leads a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week Idaho Matters speaks with Bill Manny and Seth Ogilvie from Idaho Public Television and Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News.

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Residents of Ontario, Oregon voted Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana sales.

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A Denver jury has ruled in favor of a marijuana grow operation sued for potentially hurting the property values of a nearby ranch — marking a blow for those seeking to stop the spread of legal pot.

 

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Marijuana dispensaries could soon be coming to Ontario, Oregon – right in the Treasure Valley’s backyard. Now, a pot shop might be coming in the orbit of the Magic Valley.


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Idaho is bordered by four states (and one country) with some form of legalized marijuana. Addictions specialists in the state are seeing an increase of patients looking to break an addiction to marijuana and the increased potency of the plant is forcing researchers to re-think its addictive qualities. Idaho Matters discusses the subject with two treatment specialists who have witnessed this increase of use.

On The Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Aug 27, 2018

  • The number of people treated for marijuana addiction skyrockets in Idaho.
  • We examine the role of the press in a democracy.
  • A hot air balloon festival lands in Boise.
  • A veteran comic artist relocates to Meridian.

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Marijuana is strictly prohibited in Idaho. One Oregon city a stone’s throw from the heart of the Treasure Valley could soon be a destination for cannabis enthusiasts.

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Marijuana sales could be coming to the Treasure Valley’s backyard. A group is collecting signatures in Ontario, Oregon to open the city up to a new recreational activity – and a new source of income.


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First time offenders caught with small amounts of marijuana in Idaho could get a break under a new bill.

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A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds children with severe epilepsy who suffer from seizures are being helped by a drug derived from marijuana. Findings stemming from the research trial could have impacts on Idaho policy.

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Idaho residents are helping to boost the economy of a small Oregon town by purchasing marijuana from the town's two dispensaries, which lie along the border between the two states.

Huntington, Oregon, has 435 residents, but the city's pot shops can serve up to 600 customers on a busy day, with most coming from out of town, The Idaho Statesman reported.

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Following last month’s election, some form of legal marijuana use is allowed in every state that borders Idaho. The Gem State’s strict prohibition of cannabis – even for medicinal purposes – goes against a national trend of increased access.

The libertarian-leaning Idaho Freedom Foundation advocates legalizing a medical form of pot used to treat disorders like epilepsy. The group’s president, Wayne Hoffman, discussed their position with our Matt Guilhem.

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Idaho State Police have arrested a California man after finding 125 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle he was driving.

The Idaho State Journal reports that troopers stopped the 37-year-old man's Ford Explorer on Interstate 15 near Pocatello on Friday. During the stop, 125 pounds of marijuana were seized.

The man, who is from Fresno, California, was arrested and taken to the Bannock County jail for marijuana trafficking over 25 pounds. The estimated street value of the seized marijuana is $500,000.

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As of Tuesday, Idaho shares 77 percent of its border with pot-friendly states, making it an island of abstinence on the legal weed frontier.

The Spokesman-Review reports that with new laws to be enacted in Nevada and Montana and including British Columbia, where medical pot is legal, 80 percent of Idaho now borders legal marijuana.

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Southwest Idaho authorities have issued a warning after reporting that a man consumed marijuana laced with a chemical and suffered irreversible damage.

Chief Deputy Mike Barclay of the Elmore County Sheriff's Office says emergency responders on Sunday went to an address in Glenns Ferry where a man had a severe medical problem.

Detectives tell KIVI-TV that the man consumed marijuana containing some type of additive and authorities are concerned more might be in the area.

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