Idaho senators voted along party lines Monday to declare that their state should never legalize marijuana for any purpose, but rejected another measure calling for a federal crackdown on states like Washington that have. “Idaho cannot go into any other state and enforce Idaho law there. We are looking to the federal government,” state Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, sponsor of both measures, told the Senate. But senators from both parties, who spent six hours last week railing against federal intervention in states’ rights on health care reform, said the crackdown measure went too far. “The hypocrisy and inconsistency in this bill we’re considering right now just astounds me,” said state Sen. Les Bock, D-Boise. The Senate rejected SJM 101, Winder’s nonbinding federal crackdown memorial, on a 21-13 vote/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
More Eye on Boise posts today:
- House OKs Nez Perce liquor license bill
- Senate panel OKs special EMT license plate
- Budget panel approves 5 new WWAMI positions
- Senate passes 'Health Care Sharing Ministries' bill
- Senate backs repeal of early retirement incentives for teachers
- House Ed OKs charter school facilities funding bill on party-line vote
Question: Do you think the Idaho Senate was correct in rejecting legalization of all pot use in Idaho, including medical marijuana?