Committee sends Idaho hemp legalization bill to full House


    This vote comes as a Colorado company is suing Idaho State Police and Ada County after authorities seized nearly 7,000 pounds of cannabis from a truck headed to Colorado. (ISP photo)<p>{/p}

    Hemp, the cousin of marijuana, may soon be a legal cash crop in Idaho.

    A bill to conform the state's hemp law to the recently signed U.S. Farm Bill passed committee Thursday afternoon at the statehouse.

    It would change Idaho law to conform to new federal that allows the growing and selling hemp containing 0.3 percent or less of THC.

    This vote comes as a Colorado company is suing Idaho State Police and Ada County after authorities seized nearly 7,000 pounds of cannabis from a truck headed to Colorado.

    The company says it's commercial hemp legal under the U.S. Farm Bill.

    But Idaho law says transporting anything containing any amount of THC is illegal in the state.

    Supporters of the bill say Idaho needs to regulate hemp now or the federal government will step in and do it.

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