Idaho Prepares To Let 25 Children Use Marijuana Extract

IDAHO: 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.

Otter Vetoes Bill To Allow CBD Oil To Be Used To Treat Sick Idaho Kids

IDAHO:  Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed SB 1146a, the bill that would have allowed parents of Idaho children with an intractable form of epilepsy to treat their kids with cannabidiol, a non-psychotropic oil that’s an extract of cannabis and can halt the children’s repeated, extended and life-threatening seizures. The bill passed after lengthy and emotional hearings during this year’s legislative session. “Of course I sympathize with the heartbreaking dilemma facing some families trying to cope with the debilitating impacts of disease,” Otter wrote in his veto message; you can read it here. But he said there were too many questions about the bill, including from law enforcement and his administration’s Office of Drug Policy, which raised concerns that the bill would open the door to legalizing medical marijuana.

“It ignores ongoing scientific testing on alternative treatments,” Otter wrote. “It asks us to trust but not to verify. It asks us to legalize the limited use of cannabidiol oil, contrary to federal law. And it asks us to look past the potential for misuse and abuse with criminal intent.”

“As an alternative to this legislation, I soon will issue an Executive Order authorizing the Department of Health & Welfare to study, and implement as it deems appropriate, an expanded access program for treatment-resistant epilepsy in children,” Otter wrote. “That program has been approved by the Food & Drug Administration.”

Idaho House Panel Kills Marijuana Extract Oil Bill

IDAHO:  An Idaho House panel has killed a proposal to legalize oil extracted from cannabis plants used to treat children with severe forms epilepsy.

The bill failed to garner enough votes to advance on Monday.

The quick vote came after the House State Affairs panel listened to nearly four hours of testimony, ranging from tearful parents pleading for the bill’s passage to law enforcement representatives wary of the plan’s unintended consequences.

 

 

State Marijuana Law Hurts Idaho Police Recruitment

IDAHO:  Idaho police say Washington State‘s decision to legalize marijuana is hurting its law enforcement recruitment efforts.

The Lewiston Police Department is finding a serious problem with the grass being greener on the other side

“It has hampered our hiring efforts for sure,” said LPD Sergeant, Jeff Klone.

“Just this past year we were looking for dispatchers and we had several good candidates that did well on the written test, did very well on the oral board but when I ran their background investigation we found out they used marijuana within the last year, most of them because it was legalized in Washington,” said Klone.

Lawsuit: Man Arrested, Searched For Marijuana Solely For Having Colorado License Plate

IDAHO: An Idaho state trooper arrested and fully searched a 70-year-old Washington man’s vehicle solely because he had a Colorado license plate – a state where marijuana is legal – a federal “license plate profiling” lawsuit alleges.

Darien Roseen was driving along I-84 between his second home in Colorado and Washington state on Jan. 25 when Idaho State Trooper Justin Klitch “immediately” pulled out from the Interstate median and began “rapidly accelerating” to catch up to Roseen, according to the complaint in a Courthouse News Service report.

Exiting at a designated rest area, Roseen says he became “uncomfortable” that Klitch had followed him though he had not “done anything wrong.”