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Thu., Feb. 14, 2013, 2:09 p.m.

Hearing set for next week on two anti-marijuana measures

Two controversial measures dealing with marijuana have been scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee next Wednesday morning, and committee Chairman Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, is trying something new: He’s letting people sign up in advance to testify. “I think it would make it a little easier for people to sign up and avoid so much confusion that morning,” McKenzie said. He said he’ll also offer people the opportunity to sign up to testify that morning.

Senate State Affairs meets at 8 a.m.; the hearing is scheduled Wednesday for the Capitol Auditorium. The two measures are SCR 112, which would state the Idaho Legislature’s firm opposition to legalizing marijuana in the state for any purpose; and SJM 101, a non-binding memorial calling on the federal government to enforce federal anti-drug laws in all states, including those, like Idaho’s neighbor Washington, that have legalized marijuana. “Legalizing this substance is a threat to all states and citizens, not just to the few states that have opted to violate federal law,” the measure states. Both measures are sponsored by Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise.

McKenzie said those wishing to sign up in advance to testify can do so by email to the committee secretary at

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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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