Bill to legalize hemp passes Idaho House

Posted at 2:40 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 16:40:51-04

BOISE — A bill that would legalize hemp -- by aligning Idaho state law with the federal Farm Bill -- has passed the House.

The Post Register reports the bill passed overwhelmingly on Monday, with only seven lawmakers voting in opposition.

Republican Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy of Genesee is one of the co-sponsors of the bill. She says the bill supports the free market and is not an effort to legalize marijuana.

Co-sponsor Rep. Dorothy Moon, a Republican from Stanley, says the legislative budget-writing committee has already approved funding for hemp-testing equipment for Idaho State Police, so that they will be able to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

(by Associated Press)