The law and the Idaho hemp case

June 26, 2019


LLN (6/26/19) –
Three truckers still face charges, and possible penalties, for hauling industrial hemp. We’ll cover the legal aspects of the Idaho hemp case. Also, loads slow down a bit, but rates remain stable. Meanwhile, diesel prices enter their fifth week of decline, but for how much longer? And a member of Congress is working to fix a problem that has exposed many car haulers to fines.

0:00-9:57 – Newscast

9:57-24:42 – Idaho hemp update

24:42-39:40 – Loads slow, rates stable and diesel prices down

39:40-49:24 – Congressman offers fix to car haulers

Segment 1

  • Trucks moved 62 percent of the freight between the U.S., Canada and Mexico in April. That’s according to the latest North American Free Trade Agreement numbers from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Read more here: Year-to-year NAFTA trucking freight down first time in two years.
  • Starting Thursday, Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be at the J.D. ‘Doc’ Osburn TA in Boise, Idaho. That’s located at Exit 54 on Interstate 84. Stop in, say hi to Jon and Sassi, and join OOIDA for a $10 discount. See the full Spirit Schedule.
  • The OOIDA Foundation has EPA grants to pay for 25% of the cost for an APU. Drivers need to have a model year 1996 through 2006 truck, and be based in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa or Nebraska. OOIDA membership is not required, but OOIDA members can get discounts on EPA-approved units. Go to OOIDA Foundation website for details.

Segment 2

Three truckers in Idaho still face charges, and possible penalties, for hauling industrial hemp, because the state considers it the same as marijuana. Mary McKenna finds out what the law says from Jeff McConnell and James Mennella of Road Law. The pair also writes the “Road Law” column in Land Line Magazine – about the top legal questions OOIDA receives from truckers. If you have questions or comments regarding transportation law, you can:

Segment 3

Loads slow down a bit, but rates remain stable. Terry Scruton talks with Mark Montague of DAT, a company that provides market information for owner operators, carriers, brokers and shippers.

Diesel enters its fifth week of declines, but how much longer will it last in the face of an oil market spike? Terry Scruton offers a detailed update on the price of diesel fuel and crude oil, including a break down by region and analysis.

Segment 4

When the Federal Highway Administration decides they’re not, exposing them to fines. Now, a member of Congress has stepped in, introducing a bill to fix the situation. Mark Reddig gets the details from OOIDA Manager of Government Affairs Mike Matousek.