Lookout! Pot Incursion Possible

The Reno Gazette reported last week about the possible spill over of marijuana from the states of Washington and Colorado. In November, voters legalized marijuana for recreational use in both these states. Neighboring states vow to arrest and prosecute any patrons possessing the controlled substance, even if it was bought legally in Colorado or Washington.

A spokesman for the Kansas Highway Patrol, Lt. Josh Kellerman, stated, “Everyone is aware of the possibility that you could have an increase (cross-border traffic), especially for some of our counties on the border of Colorado. People might not understand that while they bought it legally in Colorado, it is still illegal in our state.”

Wyoming Attorney General Greg Phillips notes that the state’s Supreme Court in 2011 ruled that marijuana bought for medical purposes in CA still was illegal in Wyoming. “I think the same rule applies for marijuana purchased in other states that have legalized it,” he says.

For these reasons and more, the Washoe County Drug Task Force has increased its strength and intensisty along the I-80 corridor from Verdi to Fernley. Between the legalization of marijuana for recreational and/or medical use, in so many neighboring states and the growing popularity of the unique Burning Man Festival annually, the above mentioned I-80 corridor is a hot spot for drug arrests.

If you or loved one has been arrested for possession of a controlled substance, drug trafficking or any crime, contact our Criminal Defense Team at Joey Gilbert & Associates, Ltd for a FREE confidential consultation. We can help! Call (775) 574-4774


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