Legal Colorado Weed Moving Illegally into Kansas
While other states are legalizing marijuana, it remain illegal in Kansas.
However, large quantities of marijuana are making its way in and out of
Colorado. Not only is it often found in Kansas, but it can be found as
far away as New York and Florida. Kansas Highway Patrol has been on full
alert on I-70 paying special attention to vehicles leaving Colorado. Kansas
criminal defense lawyers still have the 4
TH Amendment at their disposal for suppression issues. In other words, if
one of those law enforcement officers on the interstate pull you over,
the better have reasonable suspicion, or the stop will be subject to a
motion from the Kansas defense attorney.
The movement of Colorado weed is not going unnoticed by law enforcement
in neighboring states, and since the legalization of pot in Colorado police
in those states try to monitor it more closely. Marijuana that is grown
in Colorado for out-of-state distribution is still illegal under state
law; however, it shows no signs of slowing down.
Right now it is unknown exactly how much pot is leaving Colorado, but it
is clear that it is moving into neighboring states. In 2012 it was reported
by the DEA's El Paso Intelligence Center that 3 1/2 tons of Colorado
weed was seized before reaching its destination in another state. That
is 300 percent higher than was seized in 2009.
The U.S. Department of Justice is allowing marijuana legalization to move
forward without federal interference. However, if Colorado marijuana continues
to cross borders, federal prosecutors may decide to intervene.
Law enforcement officials understand that the perks for illegal growers
pushing their products onto the black market will increase the flow of
illegal distribution, making it almost impossible for them to handle.
While a pound of weed may sell for $2,000 in Colorado, a grower can get
double that across state lines and maybe even triple that amount on the
On top of the illegal distribution, there are plenty of other ways for
pot to move across Colorado's state line. Medical marijuana patients,
caregivers, or people growing at home can move small amounts. Shoppers
can buy the pot from stores and resell it in another state for a higher price.
It looks as though the cross-country movement of Colorado's "legal
weed" shows no signs of slowing down.