Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US ID: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana

    The Idaho Statesman, 28 Mar 2016 - Recently, New Approach Idaho withdrew the medical marijuana initiative due to erroneously listing the American Academy of Pediatrics as supporting medical marijuana. While AAP did acknowledge the potential value of CBD, for severe seizures - and called for rescheduling to allow for research and called for decriminalization for use by minors and young adults - they do not support medical marijuana generally. Sadly Elisha Figueroa, Idaho's "drug czar," used this unfortunate error to criticize decent and dedicated Idaho citizen activists saying they "misled, manipulate, and outright lie." She went on to play the "kid card" so common with prohibitionists who have nothing else, saying in part "... so today is a great day for the health and safety of Idaho's children." This, after she testified against the CBD oil bill that would have allowed use only for children with intractable seizures.
  2. US ID: Idaho Maintains Hard Line On Marijuana Laws

    Idaho State Journal, 21 Feb 2016 - Sick or just looking for a good time, marijuana is not the answer in Idaho. Utah is in the middle of a legislative debate on whether to legalize some forms of medical marijuana. Recreational pot use is legal in Oregon and Washington. Medical marijuana is legal in Montana and Nevada. Cannabidoil to treat seizures is legal in Wyoming and legislation to decriminalize pot possession is being considered in that state.
  3. US ID: License Plate Profiling Lawsuit Dropped

    Spokesman-Review, 25 Jun 2015 - BOISE - A discrimination case against the Idaho State Police for targeting a driver for a marijuana search because his license plates were from Colorado has been dismissed at the request of both sides. That means the court won't weigh in on license-plate profiling in this case. But a legal expert said Darien Roseen's lawsuit, the release of the state trooper's dash-cam video under the Idaho Public Records Law, and the subsequent national attention it drew helped shine a light on the practice and may cause law enforcement agencies to stick to "more traditional probable cause or observed infraction findings."
  4. US ID: School Board Nixes Student Drug Program

    Idaho Mountain Express, 29 May 2015 - Decision follows criticism of plan by local professionals The Blaine County School District will go back to the drawing board to develop a plan to help students with substance abuse problems. The decision by the district board of trustees to scrap the proposed Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, referred to as ASAP, came during the board's May 12 meeting. It followed criticism of the plan by local professionals involved in helping youngsters with substance abuse problems and offers by those professionals to help the district develop a plan reflecting the latest research and with more chance of success.
  5. US ID: Young Girl's Story May Lead Idaho To Ok Pot Oil

    Seattle Times, 02 Mar 2015 - 10-Year-Old Suffers Rare Kind of Epilepsy Family Says Extract Could Ease Her Seizures BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or turn fatal.
  6. US ID: LTE: All Mind-altering Drugs Are Menace

    Idaho Press-Tribune, 25 Jul 2014 - Responding to Art Rigsby's letter of June 12 in which he criticized mine of May 20, where I stated marijuana shouldn't be called recreational nor legalized, he states there's been no definitive study proving marijuana is a gateway drug to others. Which also means you can't prove it isn't. If marijuana has any medical benefits, synthetic cannabinoids as a prescription should be sufficient, even though they may take longer to be effective. Smoking anything is bad for our health.
  7. US ID: Spokane Man Says ISP Profiled Him Due To Washington

    Spokesman-Review, 10 Apr 2014 - A Spokane man says he was pulled over by the Idaho State Police on Interstate 84 last summer and accused of having marijuana solely because he had Washington license plates and had his car windows open. "At that point, my jaw just dropped," said Paul Dungan, 58. "I said 'No.' I told him, 'This is the way I cruise in the summer time... so I don't fall asleep.'... He said, 'I want to search your car,' and I said, 'No, you have no right to search my car.'"
  8. US ID: Idaho's State House Approves Anti-Marijuana Resolution

    The Herald, 28 Mar 2013 - BOISE, Idaho - As some Western states relax medical and recreational marijuana laws, Idaho lawmakers are instead sending a clear message against marijuana use in any form. On a 63-7 vote Wednesday, the House approved a resolution declaring the Legislature's opposition to the legalization of pot.
  9. US ID: PUB LTE: Time To Legalize, Tax Marijuana

    The Times-News, 10 Mar 2013 - Thank you for publishing Paul Armentano's March 3 guest column. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success. The drug war distorts supply and demand dynamics so that big money grows on little trees. As long as cartels control marijuana distribution, consumers will be exposed to illegal cocaine, meth and heroin. By taxing and regulating legal marijuana, Colorado and Washington State will effectively close the gateway to hard drugs.