The Associated Press is reporting this morning on an issue that BW readers have been aware of for over a year: More Idahoans are risking arrest as they regularly make their way across the Oregon border to purchase marijuana and bring it back to the Gem State.
In March 2011, BW took a tour of the 45th Parallel, a then-new medical marijuana dispensary in Ontario, Ore. To a person, all of the current and would-be customers of the dispensary asked that their names not be printed. While each had been referred for medical marijuana by a physician, clients knew they couldn't legally bring it back to Idaho.
"I can't tell you how many Idahoans I've spoken with that take a laundry list of pain medications, each with its own side effects," said Moscow Republican Rep. Tom Trail. "All they want is relief from pain and some normalcy."
Trail said he's referred several dozen folks in the direction of the Ontario dispensary.
"But of course, that comes with a big asterisk," said Trail. "Once they cross the state line into Idaho, they're subject to our laws. But think of what alternative they have: buying marijuana on the street without any quality assurance."
The Associated Press' Nigel Duara reports that Idaho State Police said that the number of Idahoans who travel to Oregon for marijuana was "more likely in the hundreds."