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N. Idaho Lawmaker Makes Case For Medical Marijuana

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A state lawmaker who wants to legalize medical marijuana is using the final days of the 2011 Idaho Legislature to make his case.

Republican Rep. Tom Trail, of Moscow, introduced legislation to create the Idaho Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act more than two months ago. And on Monday, the House Health and Welfare Committee has planned an informational hearing on the measure, though there is still deep concern among lawmakers.

Trail is trying to get Idaho in line with states like Colorado and California in easing restrictions on marijuana as long as it's used medically to treat chronic pain or debilitating diseases. But many in Idaho's Republican-dominated Legislature fear relaxing restrictions would encourage illegal drug use.

Trail says his bill proposes one of the most restrictive medical marijuana laws nationwide.

      
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