Concern grows over smuggling Colorado marijuana into Wyoming - KOTA Territory News

Concern grows over smuggling Colorado marijuana into Wyoming

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Ever since Colorado legalized marijuana people in Wyoming have worried that more of the drug would get smuggled into the Cowboy State.

"The concern was that puts an increased pressure on the population within the borders of Wyoming as to how do you enforce then the fact that marijuana in Wyoming is illegal," said State House Rep. John Patton, R-Sheridan.

"We're very concerned about on the highway, with its use, we don't want drugged drivers," said Wyoming Highway Patrol Captain Carl Clements.

Concern is not as great in Sheridan, which is a 5 hour drive to the Colorado border, and arrests for possession or use have not gone up.

"We really haven't seen an increase in the northeast corner of Wyoming.  Along the interstate corridor on I-80 and right around Cheyenne and there's been a slight increase in Albany County and Laramie County," said Clements.

But Sheridan Police have arrested people who likely bought marijuana legally in another state.

"Some of the stuff we've been getting lately is actually labeled with a certain type or variety.  To us that kind of indicates that's come from an area where it's sold such as Colorado or Washington," said Detective Lieutenant Chris Dahmke.

Those users are charged the same as anyone else found with illegal drugs.

As for marijuana becoming legal in Wyoming, Patton says the legislature's surprised him before, but that probably won't happen next year.

"I would be very doubtful if they could get a two-thirds vote for introduction in a budget session," said Patton.

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