Idaho Capitol

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation involving the transportation of hemp through Idaho — where it's illegal — is heading to the full Senate.

The Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday approved sending the bill to the Senate for amending.

The legislation passed the House last week, but Republican Rep. Caroline Troy presented the bill to the Senate committee with significant changes.

One of those includes adding foreign countries because Canada is a producer of hemp.

The legislation also had an updated fiscal note that includes $100,000 for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to coordinate efforts with Idaho State Police and others.

The House Ways and Means Committee proposed the legislation, House Bill 300. The Senate on April 9 passed the amended bill 31-1-3 and referred it to the House Transportation and Defense Committee for concurrence recommendation.

Separate legislation, the amended House Bill 122, would legalize hemp in the state per the federal Farm Bill that was passed late last year and prompt the state Department of Agriculture to develop a plan.

The House as of early April had not concurred with Senate amendments to the bill, which included not removing hemp from the state’s Schedule 1 list of controlled substances. ISDA cannot start to develop a hemp-production plan unless state legislation is passed to prompt it, spokeswoman Chanel Tewalt told Capital Press.

Capital Press reporter Brad Carlson contributed to this story.

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