Idaho’s state House OK’s anti-marijuana resolution

BOISE, Idaho — As some Western states relax medical and recreational marijuana laws, Idaho lawmakers are instead sending a clear message against marijuana use in any form.

On a 63-7 vote Wednesday, the House approved a resolution declaring the Legislature’s opposition to the legalization of pot.

The Senate passed the same resolution in February.

Democrats in opposition argued the resolution doesn’t do anything and could be interpreted as lawmakers passing judgment on the political and voter-driven actions of other states.

Moscow Democrat Rep. Shirley Ringo said the resolution also sends negative signals to cancer patients and others with painful diseases using marijuana for medical reasons.

But Republican Rep. Luke Malek of Coeur d’Alene responded, calling medical marijuana a “farcical predatory scheme” that often gives people without medical needs easy access to cannabis.

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