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A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds children with severe epilepsy who suffer from seizures are being helped by a drug derived from marijuana. Findings stemming from the research trial could have impacts on Idaho policy.

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Idaho residents are helping to boost the economy of a small Oregon town by purchasing marijuana from the town's two dispensaries, which lie along the border between the two states.

Huntington, Oregon, has 435 residents, but the city's pot shops can serve up to 600 customers on a busy day, with most coming from out of town, The Idaho Statesman reported.

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Following last month’s election, some form of legal marijuana use is allowed in every state that borders Idaho. The Gem State’s strict prohibition of cannabis – even for medicinal purposes – goes against a national trend of increased access.

The libertarian-leaning Idaho Freedom Foundation advocates legalizing a medical form of pot used to treat disorders like epilepsy. The group’s president, Wayne Hoffman, discussed their position with our Matt Guilhem.

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Idaho State Police have arrested a California man after finding 125 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle he was driving.

The Idaho State Journal reports that troopers stopped the 37-year-old man's Ford Explorer on Interstate 15 near Pocatello on Friday. During the stop, 125 pounds of marijuana were seized.

The man, who is from Fresno, California, was arrested and taken to the Bannock County jail for marijuana trafficking over 25 pounds. The estimated street value of the seized marijuana is $500,000.

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As of Tuesday, Idaho shares 77 percent of its border with pot-friendly states, making it an island of abstinence on the legal weed frontier.

The Spokesman-Review reports that with new laws to be enacted in Nevada and Montana and including British Columbia, where medical pot is legal, 80 percent of Idaho now borders legal marijuana.

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Southwest Idaho authorities have issued a warning after reporting that a man consumed marijuana laced with a chemical and suffered irreversible damage.

Chief Deputy Mike Barclay of the Elmore County Sheriff's Office says emergency responders on Sunday went to an address in Glenns Ferry where a man had a severe medical problem.

Detectives tell KIVI-TV that the man consumed marijuana containing some type of additive and authorities are concerned more might be in the area.

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Today, April 20th, is a bit of a holiday for marijuana enthusiasts. It's a day when they get together to smoke what has traditionally been an illegal drug. That on its own is not necessarily news. 

But it is the backdrop for this notion: Idaho is seeing a sharp decline in the number of new police recruits, in part, because it's easier than ever to smoke pot legally

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Volunteers with the group New Approach Idaho have spent several months gathering signatures to put medical marijuana legalization on the ballot in November. Now, with less than two months until the deadline, the group’s president has canceled the petition.

Bill Esbensen says he received a letter from a national pediatric organization that had been listed on the petition as supporters of medical marijuana. The group asked that its name be removed. Esbensen says New Approach leadership had been considering pulling the petition anyway because it wasn’t written well enough.

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Last year Idaho governor Butch Otter vetoed a bill that would have made it legal for children with severe epilepsy to use a treatment that comes from marijuana.

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A marijuana policy forum Tuesday night that was billed as a balanced discussion between some of Idaho’s top supporters and opponents of pot legalization turned out not to be all it was advertised.

First, a former Idaho lawmaker who is a pro-pot Republican bowed out, organizers say for health reasons. To replace him, a marijuana advocate with a national following was added to the program. Then Tuesday a speaker from the Idaho State Police canceled. Finally Elisha Figueroa, chief drug policy advisor to Idaho’s governor, backed out.

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What’s being billed as a town hall meeting on marijuana policy is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Boise State University Student Union Building. The forum will include some influential figures with differing perspectives on the pot legalization.

Speakers include a pro-marijuana blogger, a pro-marijuana radio personality, someone from the Idaho State Police and Elisha Figueroa - the head of the governor’s Office for Drug Policy.

New Approach Idaho

Friday afternoon on the steps of Idaho’s Capitol a group of people plan to break the law. It’s a protest that could come with some serious repercussions for those involved.

Idaho has some of the strictest marijuana laws in the country. If Serra Frank is caught with an ounce, she could reasonably expect to pay a $1,000 fine and spend a year in jail. But Frank says she will be smoking pot at the Capitol on January 1 anyway. 

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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.

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 a 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.

Idaho National Guard

Idaho native and Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was caught up in a raid on a pot farm in California this week.

The Anderson Valley Advertiser reports Bergdahl was on the scene this week when the Mendocino County drug task force raided a property in Redwood Valley.

“He was visiting old friends when the local dope team arrived on a marijuana raid. Bergdahl, who is awaiting military court martial, had an Army pass allowing him to be in Mendocino County.” – Anderson Valley Advertiser

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