Idaho governor calls other state's marijuana laws a 'pressing concern' for Idaho

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Governor Butch Otter wrote a letter to President Donald Trump congratulating him on the executive actions and list some issues facing Idaho.

Among the issues was legal marijuana in the area around Idaho.

"Among the most pressing concerns facing Idaho, both from the criminal and public health standpoints, is the utter lack of consistency displayed by the Obama administration in enforcement of federal marijuana laws," Otter wrote in the letter dated Jan. 30. "In that respect, Idaho is a virtual island of compliance, and we are paying the price."

The Idaho State Police says they have seen a small increase in marijuana on the roads, but it is tough to tell where it is coming from.

"That's tough to answer because the marijuana that you may seize here doesn't necessarily say hey I come from this place," Lt. Robert Rausch with the Idaho State Police Jerome Office.

Rausch said that some people will even put marijuana in dispensary containers when they didn't come from there specifically.

ISP seized two pounds of pot in traffic stops in the last three months of 2016. They said they are always on the lookout, but it's not a big enough problem to completely adjust what they are doing.

"Our primary focus is simply to provide the very best service we can to our people and in order to protect their lives first and then of course their property," Rausch said.

In a KMVT poll back in November 26 percent of viewers said they think it should be legal for medical use, 50 percent said it should be legal for medical and recreational purposes and 24 percent said it shouldn't be legal at all.



 
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