While Washington and Colorado citizens voted in November to loosen restrictions on recreational use of marijuana, some Idaho lawmakers want to move the Gem State in the opposite direction.
Democratic and Republican members of the Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously Friday to advance a measure opposing marijuana legalization in any form, triggering a upcoming public hearing at the Idaho Statehouse. The same legislation urges feds to enforce existing laws on moving drugs across state lines.
The bill's sponsor, Boise Republican Sen. Chuck Winder, likened his measure to the ongoing debate over undocumented workers.
"If (the federal government is) not enforcing the immigration issue, then it's left to the states to do it," said Winder, according to the Associated Press. "All we're saying is, (marijuana) is causing problems to the cities and jurisdictions, so please enforce federal law as it comes to transportation of illegal drugs."
Winder pointed to the increasing number of Idahoans crossing the border in order obtain medical marijuana cards and the anticipated growth of recreational pot users who will travel to Washington.