A major pot bust on I-84 last night landed a 39-year-old Oregon man in jail, accused of felony trafficking. He was actually pulled over twice; the first time he was let go in Oregon because the suspect carried a medical marijuana card.
Idaho State Police accuse Justin Brownrigg, of Eugene, Oregon of bringing three duffel bags full of marijuana into Idaho. He was reportedly headed to Utah.
Compassionate Idaho is petitioning to get a medical marijuana initiative on the 2012 ballot. Rinehart believes a new law could cut dangerous marijuana trafficking operations while helping patients who want to use marijuana get it more safely.
"[Marijuana] is going to come through no matter what. Now, once it's regulated better, like to have dispensary systems where patients can do what they need to do to have that safe, legal access, well then you don't have somebody trafficking 69 pounds of marijuana because the demand on the black market diminishes," Rinehart said.
Rinehart says they need more than 47,000 petition signatures by April 30th to get medical marijuana on the ballot. So far, they have 2,000 verified signatures and more that need verification.
Last week Republican Representative Tom Trail of Moscow introduced a bill that would allow for the use of medical marijuana, with restrictions. The bill is now sitting in committee.