Hemp legislation creates ideal time for Idaho to rethink cannabis

Wayne Hoffman Articles

Congressional action to legalize hemp means the Idaho Legislature and Gov. Brad Little will have good cause to confront the state’s cannabis policy this winter. And it couldn’t have come at a better time: Idaho now finds itself surrounded on all sides by legal marijuana in one form or another. Utah has enacted medical marijuana legislation. Residents of the Oregon …

Budget sanity, unfairness to Otter, and clever taxing districts

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As we look ahead to the new year, a new state government administration, and the 2019 legislative session, I offer the following select thoughts. The elections are over, it’s time for elected officials to dig in to do the hard work. So, let’s begin with chocolate. I have a Christmas candy theory: People who prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate …

State Supreme Court should protect division of powers, toss Medicaid expansion

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For many years, scientists have debated why some critters that live in caves and at great ocean depths have eyes yet are blind. Is the sightlessness of the cavefish—perhaps the most studied of darkness-bound species—the result of generations left in blackness, negating the need for visual inspection of its surroundings? Or because as time went on, the fish with greater …

Ending the politician pension perk after all these years

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Since 2010, the Idaho Freedom Foundation has been making the case that state legislators shouldn’t be able to cash in their part-time elected jobs for a full-time state job that comes with a lucrative pension. For several years, lawmakers have advanced bills to end the practice of rewarding retiring legislators with a jump in their retirement pay, but those bills …

Breaking up (with Butch) is not hard to do

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Dear Butch, It’s over. While I always knew this day would come, I was hoping it would end differently. You’re not the man you used to be. Sometimes, I wonder if you ever were the man I thought you were. We met many years ago. Back then, the words you spoke and the things you did made you special. We …