Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana From Colorado Surfaces in Kansas, Illinois; DEA Claims Sky Is Falling

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Medical marijuana from Colorado has been confiscated in a few Midwestern states, according to a report from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a taskforce composed of state, local, and federal law enforcement groups. The RMHIDTA spent two years (roughly the amount of time that's passed since Colorado's medical marijuana laws went into effect) gathering data and found all of…70 instances of illegal pot sales.  

The Denver Post reports

The review found more than 70 instances of the diversion of medical marijuana to criminal drug operations. In the report, the Drug Enforcement Administration suggested Colorado is on track to become a primary source of supply for high-grade marijuana throughout the country.

Colorado patients, caregivers and dispensaries all have diverted medical marijuana to illegal use in 23 states, according to the review.

"We felt it was probably being diverted, but didn't expect it to be this pronounced, especially with such a small-scale study," said Rocky Mountain HIDTA director Tom Gorman. "This is just the tip of the iceberg."

But Brian Vicente, executive director of Sensible Colorado, said Colorado has the most complex and strict medical marijuana laws in the country. If medical pot is being sold illegally, he said, officials need to crack down on offenders.

"It's just disingenuous to say that marijuana didn't exist in other states and that all of a sudden it does because of medical marijuana laws in Colorado," Vicente said.

A Kansas cop pulled over a driver bound for Virginia with 10 pounds of medicinal pot he bought in Colorado, and people in Illinois are having the stuff shipped to them. These details are probably shocking if you were raised inside a cardboard box at DEA headquarters, or work for a local media outlet (but then, every detail has to be shocking when Craigslist and Youtube are eating your lunch). 

One lawman told the Post that "instead of focusing on complex international drug cartels bringing cocaine into Colorado, the task force is dealing with numerous illegal marijuana cases." Well shit, guys. No one is making you crack down on reefer instead of transnational criminal organizations!

Vincente's point–that you could find pot in every hamlet, parish, subdivision, and commonwealth in America long before Colorado passed its medical marijuana laws–cannot be over-emphasized. Drugs are everywhere! All the time! Always have been! If anything, the DEA's report suggests that East Coast heds can smoke with a clean conscious: Their giggle weed was grown peacefully right here in America, and not by some Sinaloan wretch (though before you mount your high horse, remember that said wretch has a family to feed). 

Of course legalizing pot in Colorado is going to lead to trafficking to states where pot is not legal. This happens with prescription pills, and with more politically acceptable substances. People in D.C. buy their cigarettes in Virginia. Manhattanites order their cigarettes from Native Americans. Residents of dry counties drive to wet counties. Where are the scare stories about intra-and inter-state trafficking of Marlboro Light 100s and box wine? (Please, newspaper man, do not write that story.)

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  1. “A Kansas cop pulled over a driver bound for Virginia with 10 pounds of medicinal pot he bought in Colorado…..”

    Ah ha! That’s where it went.

  2. 70 instances over three years . . . carry the one, call it once every week and a half.

    Deploy the drones!!

    1. Dang it. Two years. But the result is the same.

  3. Thank Gaia the task force was able to justify itself.

  4. Son of Fast and Furious?

    “Medical pot bought and transported by our narcs was found in other states! Shut it down!”

    1. Maybe undercover federal agents can smuggle marajuana out of colorado, tip off the local illinois police when they’ll be selling it to an Illinois buyer, then create a situation whereby the undercover group gets into a shootout with the police and the buyers and then use that as evidence to shut down the violent colorado marajuana dealers (aka the federal undercovers).

      1. I find your ideas interesting, and am interested in subscribing to your newsletter.

      2. Don’t forget to tell them to hire some guy who steals his boss’ truck.

      3. Stop giving them ideas.

        1. as if this wasn’t already the plan…

  5. Finally! A culture-war issue the Obama administration can use to distract from the econ…

    (whisper whisper)

    Oh, right, it might not be credible…

  6. Hundreds of pounds, oh no! Call me when there are hundreds of tons leaving Colorado like Mexico does right now.

      1. psssshhhh….I hear SKR’s a BOGART…

        1. You know how some people have a pimp cup? I’ve got a pimp bowl. Lol

      2. I need tonnage for my habit dammit.

    1. Whoops, wrong reference article. I read one yesterday where the cops were claiming hundreds of pounds each year being exported.

  7. One lawman told the Post that “instead of focusing on complex international drug cartels bringing cocaine into Colorado, the task force is dealing with numerous illegal marijuana cases.”

    “Instead of working on unsolved murders, we’re forced to spend our time at 7-eleven, busting twenty year olds for asking people to buy them beer! And then, when our crack investigators encounter uncooperative suspects, we are forced to kill them. When will they learn?”

  8. Where are the scare stories about intra-and inter-state trafficking of Marlboro Light 100s and box wine? (Please, newspaper man, do not write that story.)

    Actually, please do, then people will realize how fabricated these stories are. In fact, write stories about people illegally styling hair in counties they aren’t licensed in and roofing without medical insurance. The more trivial and pointless you can make a scare story, the more people will realize the mainstream media is a bankrupt organization.

    I am dealing with a publicist right now that is trying to help my neighborhood build a scare story on our traffic issues and basically told us “Reporters are lazy, publicists do most of the investigations you see and spoon feed it to the media most of the time and the media groups love it because then they don’t have to investigate anything themselves”. Basically publicists are lobbyists to the public. Its brilliant.

    1. Basically publicists are lobbyists to the public.

      Basically? It’s in the word.

      public -ists.

      1. mother of god…its been under my nose the entire time.

        1. Probably right under that line of cocaine.

  9. In the report, the Drug Enforcement Administration suggested Colorado is on track to become a primary source of supply for high-grade marijuana throughout the country.

    You gotta take those Chamber of Commerce videos with at least a grain of salt…

    1. If true, I fail to see the downside for anyone. Well except for the people who get busted trying to transport it.

    2. Notice how they don’t say when this happy day will arrive.

      At one shipment of, call it very optimistically, 10 pounds every week and half, it will be a very long time.

    3. I’m pretty certain CA will give them some stiff competition for that title.

  10. If medical pot is being sold illegally, he said, officials need to crack down on offenders.

    And if *crack* is being sold illegally … ?

  11. Colorado is on track to become a primary source of supply for high-grade marijuana throughout the country.

    So if pot ever gets legalized, CO’s economy will boom. Sweet.

    “We felt it was probably being diverted, but didn’t expect it to be this pronounced, especially with such a small-scale study,” said Rocky Mountain HIDTA director Tom Gorman. “This is just the tip of the iceberg.”

    Sounds like someone’s fishing for a bigger budget.

    1. Loki,

      i think colorado would lose out to a plain state pretty fast. Once you could cultivate massive outdoor crops of it, the greenhouses in CO and CA would go bankrupt.

      1. I don’t know about that. High grade stuff needs to not be pollinated, which means at least hooped rows with filter covers in the fields like they do for pepper seed production. They could also try to ensure a 5 mile isolation, but good luck with that. Plus there is also the cool temp. constraint which is one reason why so much top notch outdoor product comes from Humboldt. The plains and the central valley are probably going to be producing a lot of hemp in that 90-100f heat.

        1. With indoor growing one can control the lighting which can switch the plant from “grow” mode to “bud” mode*.

          … Hobbit

          * Information gleaned from a licensed grower in the State of NM.

  12. FASTER! FASTER!! PLAY FASTER!!!

  13. Well now, pot from any place is good!

    http://www.Anon-Do.tk

  14. I’ll never forget the trips we used to make in college across the river to Arkansas from Memphis to buy Coors beer. We were such rebels!

  15. I think it’s time we start legalizing Marijuana everywhere. Stop living in fear and start thinking about how great the future will be! LEGALIZE IT!

    Why don’t we just start legalizing it everywhere? Why are so many people still stuck in this FEAR stage…? Stop worrying, start hoping. LEGALIZE IT!

    If you live in a state where Marijuana isn’t legal yet and still want the same type of highs, I suggest checking out uIntoxicate.com. It has amazingly detailed legal highs reviews and where to get them without getting ripped off!
    Also! I’m starting up a new forum dedicated to my fellows stoners. Come on over and join the high conversations! We’re quite new, but VERY welcoming.

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