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20 states report pot legalization measures in 2016 election

Voters in 20 U.S. states could potentially legalize some form of cannabis use in the November 2016 election — part of a historic backlash to the century-old war on marijuana.

According to Ballotpedia, the encyclopedia of American politics, activists have submitted ballot measures for public vote in: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.


Idaho: Four kids now taking marijuana-derived epilepsy treatment under state program; more being screened

Four Idaho children are now taking the drug Epidiolex under an “expanded access” program permitted under federal law and authorized by Gov. Butch Otter through an executive order, state Public Health Division Director Elke Shaw-Tulloch told lawmakers this morning. Epidiolex is a purified oil made from the marijuana plant that contains no THC; clinical trials are under way to use it to treat children with severe epilepsy, and the expanded access program allows other kids not in the trials to receive the drug.


The Toughest Marijuana Laws in the United States

CANNABIS CULTURE – Now that Canada is poised to legalize cannabis for all adults, you may grow complacent about how much trouble marijuana can get you into in the United States.

Sure, we’ve got four states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington) that have legalized some possession of weed, with another five states (Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada) likely to legalize in 2016. You can even possess pot in our nation’s capital, Washington DC.


Idaho Medical Marijuana Campaign Releases New Video

I have a special place in my heart for marijuana reform activists in Idaho. One side of my family (maternal) is from Idaho, and I have hundreds of relatives that live there. I don’t visit very often. It’s not because I don’t like the view. Idaho is a very beautiful state. And it’s not because I don’t want to see my family, because I love them all very much. It’s because Idaho is a very, very scary place to be when you are a marijuana consumer. The laws there are harsh, and many law enforcement officials in Idaho absolutely love to enforce marijuana prohibition.


Idaho prepares to let 25 sick children use marijuana extract

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Up to 25 Idaho children with persistent seizures will soon have access to an experimental drug derived from marijuana, but experts say far more children could benefit from the treatment.

An April executive order from Gov. Butch Otter is allowing the very limited use of the non-psychoactive drug. Otter signed the order after vetoing less-restrictive legislation that would have allowed the marijuana extract to be used in children with severe seizure disorders.

The Idaho program allows 25 children to use the extract, cannabidiol, or CBD oil. But estimates of the number of children who meet the requirements number as high as 1,500 or more, though experts say it’s hard to know for sure because the state doesn’t track the number of children with epilepsy.


Marijuana grow operation busted in Boise County

BOISE COUNTY – Two people have been arrested and face felony charges in connection to what authorities are calling a sophisticated marijuana grow operation.

Deputies with the Boise County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at a home last Thursday after receiving a tip about some illegal activity.

In a nearby building officers found two large tents with elaborate watering, lighting and drying systems. A large gas generator was used in one of the shops where the indoor marijuana was located.

It is estimated that more than $172,000 worth of marijuana plants were removed from the property. Those plants will be destroyed.


Idaho replaces mile marker 420 with 419.9 to thwart stoners

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — If you're looking for milepost 420, you won't find it in Idaho.

Idaho transportation officials say the mile marker has been replaced with 419.9 signs to curb thieves eager to own a number associated with marijuana enthusiasts.

Turns out, Idaho isn't alone in this problem. States like Washington and Colorado have also replaced 420 signs with 419.9 after consistently having to replace them after thefts by supposed sticky-fingered stoners.

Adam Rush of the Idaho Transportation Department says officials have replaced the old sign along U.S. Highway 95 with "MILE 419.9," just south of Coeur d'Alene.


N. Idaho police concerned over marijuana oil sales

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Law enforcement officials in northern Idaho are worried local vape shops may be violating the state's strict anti-marijuana laws by selling oil derived from cannabis plants.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the oil is a non-psychotropic extract, meaning users are unable to get high using the product.

However, Post Falls Police Chief Scott Haug says the oil is illegal under Idaho law because it comes from a marijuana plant.

Haug added that local and federal law enforcement agencies tend to focus on large-scale drug busts rather than address possible cannabis oil use.

Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter vetoed legislation earlier this year that would have decriminalized cannabis extract oil while not loosening Idaho's marijuana laws.


‘We want to make Kentucky synonymous with hemp like Idaho with potatoes,’ ag chief says

The latest hemp update from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture came at a tobacco warehouse where a packed house included former and current tobacco growers. But the irony was lost on no one.

Among those reporting was Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who told those gathered at the G.F. Vaughan Tobacco Warehouse #23 in Lexington, “We want to make Kentucky synonymous with hemp like Idaho with potatoes.”

Speaker after speaker sang the praises of the crop that is entering season two of research production, including Derek Vaughan, CEO of Vaughan Tobacco.

“You may not believe this, but you’re standing in the heart of hemp country today. No one else is doing what Kentucky is doing.”
— Andy Graves, Atalo Holdings


Police prepare for Oregon marijuana law to take effect

As people in Oregon will be able to legally possess up to 1 ounce of pot, law enforcement officers in Oregon and Idaho are preparing for the change - and the influx of people they say will be crossing state lines to get high.(Photo: Mary Kienzle/KTVB)

ONTARIO, Ore. - Oregon's marijuana law is set to take effect on July 1, allowing for recreational sales and use of the drug for people 21 and older.

Now, as people in Oregon will be able to legally possess up to 1 ounce of pot, law enforcement officers in Oregon and Idaho are preparing for the change - and the influx of people they say will be crossing state lines to get high.

Ontario Police Chief Mark Alexander says legalizing recreational marijuana will have a big effect on the community he serves.


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