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Mon., Feb. 25, 2013, 9:40 a.m.

Senate passes anti-marijuana resolution on 29-5 vote

The Senate has voted 29-5 in favor of SCR 112, the resolution stating that it’s the policy of the Legislature that Idaho should never legalize marijuana, for any purpose. “If you legalize marijuana, then will the next argument be that our jails are full of people who distribute cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines?” asked Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, the measure’s sponsor. “How far do you lower the bar? … I think we do want to protect our kids, we want to protect our citizens.”

The only “no” votes came from five Democrats, Sens. Durst, Stennett, Werk, Buckner-Webb, and Schmidt. Two GOP senators, Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, and Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, initially voted no, then changed their votes to yes. Cameron said he misunderstood the vote; Nonini didn’t explain.

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