Andre Jenny Stock Connection Worldwide/NewscomDrug warriors triumphed over another effort to legalize cannabidiol oil, a marijuana extract, in Idaho after a wild legislative committee hearing ended with a possible violation of the state’s open meeting laws.
At an unscheduled closed-door meeting, state Sen. Lee Heider (R–Twin Falls), chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, was heard explaining that the bill could not pass because Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and other anti-marijuana influences in the state capitol did not want to see CBD oil legalized in the state.
“The governor’s office does not want to hear this bill. The Office of Drug Policy does not want to hear this bill. The prosecutors do not want to hear this bill. The state police do not want to hear this bill,” Heider can be heard saying on a recording made by Associated Press reporter Kimberlee Kruesi. Kruesi posted the audio clip on her social media accounts after the hearing.
“Unless they fire me as committee chairman, it will not be heard by my committee,” Heider says on the tape.
Moments earlier, state