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Wed., Feb. 20, 2013, 7:32 a.m.

Winder: Association of Idaho Cities requested anti-marijuana measures

Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, said the anti-marijuana measures were “brought to me at the request of the Association of Idaho Cities,” in line with a resolution that the cities association passed at its convention several weeks ago. “It’s patterned after the Association of Idaho Cities resolution that they adopted,” Winder said. He yielded his introduction to John Evans, mayor of Garden City, current president of the AIC.

“Legalization of marijuana in any form is a threat to our communities, on our roads, in the workplace and in the classroom,” Evans told the Senate State Affairs Committee. “It is just as important to discuss what message we are sending to our youth. The young adults in this room need to hear from you that smoking marijuana is not OK.”

Elisha Figueroa, administrator of the Governor’s Office of Drug Policy, told the committee, “Let me be clear: Marijuana is a crude street drug containing hundreds of chemicals. … It has been found to have no accepted medical use, is addictive and can’t be used safely even under a physician’s care. … We also know from various credible studies that it’s been linked to mental illness.”

Katie Snell told the panel, “As a high school student I see drug use across Meridian, and I would like to share my thoughts on the subject in order to ensure that the place I call home stays safe and drug-free.”

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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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