Hemp Verses Marijuana in Idaho
Recently Idaho State Police recorded a record bust of over 6,700 pounds of Marijuana. The ISP arrested the driver, and the case closed right? Well, to quote Lee Corso, not so fast my friend! The detained driver and his company say it was Hemp, not Marijuana.
Does it matter? Well, Hemp has been legalized by the federal government thanks to the recent farm bill. However, Hemp is not legal in the state of Idaho. It's the reverse of what we see in states like Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and others that have legalized weed, but the federal government has not.
What is THC? The dictionary defines it as the following: tetrahydrocannabinol, a crystalline compound that is the main active ingredient of cannabis. ISP state that it doesn't matter whether the impounded cargo is Marijuana or Hemp. Both plants are illegal in Idaho.
The Idaho Legislature could debate whether or not Hemp will be legalized in Idaho. Until then, those that transport the plant should know that Gem State Law Enforcement will prosecute them.
If Hemp becomes legal, does that mean the same for Marijuana? Governor Brad Little has stated repeatedly in public that he is not in favor of it. There does not appear to be any pro-pot advocates in the Idaho House or Senate.
Let's hope that the governor continues to keep his stance and keep Idaho drug free!