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On Idaho border, Oregon medical marijuana finds out-of-state customers and unhappy police
ON THE OREGON-IDAHO BORDER (AP) ¯¯¯ The Oregon-Idaho border represents a divide built around one plant: marijuana.
In Oregon, it's been approved for medical use. In Idaho, it's illegal.
The difference has created a problem for Idaho State Police who want to stop pot from entering their state.
It also means a nerve-racking ride for Idaho residents who drive to Oregon because they say they need marijuana to treat various ailments but aren't permitted to possess it.
Idaho State Police say 40 percent of pot seizures in Idaho came from Oregon medical marijuana.
Officially, 196 people in Idaho have medical marijuana cards from Oregon,
Bill Esbensen, the owner of an Oregon medical marijuana cooperative near the Idaho border, says he feels it's his duty to provide marijuana to patients from outside of the state.