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Mon., Feb. 25, 2013, 9:51 a.m.

Senate defeats measure calling for fed crackdown against pot in other states

The second anti-marijuana resolution, calling on the feds to crack down and enforce federal drug laws in states that have moved to decriminalize marijuana, has been defeated in the Senate on a 13-21 vote; you can read my full story here at

“This is a different issue, obviously, than the first one,” said Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, the measure’s sponsor. “There is an appropriate place for the federal government, and it is to enforce interstate trafficking, it is to protect those areas that say they don’t want to have illegal drugs available in those areas, to be protected from others that would come across the state line to do that.” He said, "Idaho cannot go into any other state and enforce Idaho law there. We are looking to the federal government."

Sen. Roy Lacey, D-Pocatello, said, “We have to be careful what we ask for. I think we’re showing a great lack of consistency with this joint memorial. Much of our time last Thursdays was spent talking about how we didn’t want the federal government to be involved in our state rights. Now we’re asking big brother to be involved in the other states.”

Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, said he’s “absolutely opposed to marijuana use in every sense,” but also backs states’ rights. “For us to ask the federal government to destroy someone else’s state’s rights, I’ll have to disagree with it,” he said.

Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, said, “What we are asking the federal government to do by this is to impose its federal will on a sister state.” He said Idaho wouldn’t like it if it took a stand against the feds, and another state called on the federal government to come into Idaho and crack down.

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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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