Staff report

For the second time, Hailey city officials will have to determine how to handle three marijuana initiatives approved by voters, this time in Tuesday's primary.

Voters once again approved three out of four city marijuana initiatives, and again rejected a measure that would legalize the drug and require the city to regulate sales. They supported industrial hemp, a low-priority law enforcement initiative and a medical marijuana initiative.

Ryan Davidson, a Boise-area libertarian activist with the Idaho Liberty Lobby, pushed to put the measures back on the ballot after Hailey's mayor, police chief and City Council member Don Keirn sued to have them declared illegal because the measures run counter to state and federal law.

It's not certain what the city's reaction will be to Tuesday's vote. Mayor Rick Davis was on vacation Wednesday, and City Attorney Ned Williamson could not be reached for comment. Keirn said council members hadn't had a chance to discuss the initiatives yet and directed all other questions to Williamson.

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On Wednesday, Davidson said he hoped the results would encourage city officials to rethink their opposition, drop the suit and listen to their voters. He suggested voters should look at recalling some officials if they continue to try to block the initiatives and repeated an earlier assertion that citizen oversight committees would be able to sort out any problems with the ordinances.

"There certainly may be elements of the initiative which are in violation of the law, but we need to test each one as they come up," Davidson said.

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