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Otter tells police chiefs he opposes legalizing medical marijuana

Speaking to about 70 police chiefs from around the state at the winter meeting of the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association today in Boise, Gov. Butch Otter spoke out against legalizing medical marijuana; Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, has introduced such legislation this year. “I told Tom Trail I would not look with favor on that bill,” Otter told the police chiefs.

The governor said he's sympathetic to people who suffer from chronic pain, but said he believes dangers from passing such a law outweigh any possible benefits; he said he's heard as much from Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, whose state passed a medical marijuana initiative in 2004. Said Otter, “I just think it's dead wrong.”

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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