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Report: Colorado now a major exporter of illegal marijuana
kdvr ^ | updated on: 07:13am, August 2, 2013 | Thomas Hendrick

Posted on 08/03/2013 12:12:48 PM PDT by Red Steel

DENVER — The amount of illegal marijuana from Colorado and seized elsewhere quadrupled in the past few years, according to a report by a network of law enforcement organizations.

The report found that in 2012, there were 274 seizures where the marijuana was destined for other states. In 2005, the number was 54.

The most common destinations for the marijuana were Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Texas.

The size of the seizures also increased. From 2005 to 2008, the total average number of pounds seized was 2,220. From 2009 to 2012, it increased to 3,937.

Most of the marijuana came from Denver, Boulder and El Paso counties, the report found.

The report also found an increased number of people trying to mail marijuana through the U.S. Postal Service. In 2010, the Postal Service seized 15 packages with marijuana headed out of state. In 2012, they seized 158.

The report was written by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a network of law enforcement organizations in four western states that share information on drug-running patterns.

The report is preliminary and comes from data gathered by the Department of Justice’s El Paso Intelligence Center. The center relies on law enforcement agencies to voluntarily report seizure information.

In addition to the marijuana seizure statistics, the report includes data on adult and teen use of marijuana, emergency room visits and fatal crashes related to marijuana. The report found increased levels in all these groups.

The report does not cover 2013, the year in which small amounts of marijuana became legal for adult consumption in Colorado. In 2000, Colorado legalized marijuana for medicinal use.

Advocates for marijuana legalization have long argued that legalizing pot would actually decrease black market diversion by creating a regulated industry.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: drugs; illegal; legalization; marijuana

1 posted on 08/03/2013 12:12:48 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Who cares anymore?


2 posted on 08/03/2013 12:24:16 PM PDT by dforest (BR)
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To: dforest

We need to end the war on weed. We got bigger fish to fry and need the money elsewhere.


3 posted on 08/03/2013 12:28:05 PM PDT by DirtyPigpen (Semper Fi)
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To: Red Steel
Stars and Stripes magazine said that Boulder Colorado was the largest drug center outside of Hong Cong.

That was in 1967!!!!!!!!! Nothing to see here, keep moving.

4 posted on 08/03/2013 12:28:12 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Red Steel

Illegal weed from CO ? I thought it’s perfectly legal in CO and WA ?!?


5 posted on 08/03/2013 12:31:31 PM PDT by SgtBilko
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To: SgtBilko

small amounts for personal use is ok now


6 posted on 08/03/2013 12:33:59 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Red Steel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvaEJzoaYZk


7 posted on 08/03/2013 12:34:53 PM PDT by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: Red Steel

One cannot temporize with vice.


9 posted on 08/03/2013 12:49:26 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Red Steel

Just think of the amount if MJ was leagal.


10 posted on 08/03/2013 12:54:02 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: All

Did this have any more info? Like addresses, phone numbers or people to contact? In case a person wanted to do a follow-up on this story. For research purposes.


11 posted on 08/03/2013 12:56:00 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: SgtBilko
Illegal weed from CO ? I thought it’s perfectly legal in CO and WA ?!?

It becomes illegal when people try to send it out of state to other states where it ISN'T legal.

12 posted on 08/03/2013 1:24:05 PM PDT by Kenton
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To: BipolarBob

Don’t need any of that. Just sit in the front entrance to a WalMart parking lot with a little cardboard sign ——— “Need MJ Please help! God Bless” Enjoy.


13 posted on 08/03/2013 1:26:10 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2013! Geaux, Pack, Geaux!)
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To: TaMoDee

“Will work (not very hard though) for pot” sign ought to do it.


14 posted on 08/03/2013 1:28:34 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: F15Eagle

The Swat High Intensity Trafficking squad Or S*H*I*T squad for short will be in charge of investigation and prosecution. I know because I was the Head Of Training aka H*O*T S*H*I*T.


15 posted on 08/03/2013 1:32:40 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: Red Steel

America is high on weed.. even many Freepers... I think..

They call it dope for a reason..
Some can separate their dope from their politics..
MOST CANNOT..


16 posted on 08/03/2013 1:37:31 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: hosepipe

When I used to smoke mj (decades ago when it wasn’t nearly as potent) we used to sometimes call it “getting wasted” and that’s exactly what it does.


17 posted on 08/03/2013 1:41:07 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: mountainlion

“Hong Cong”

Is that near Ding Dong?


18 posted on 08/03/2013 1:52:49 PM PDT by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: foundedonpurpose
Is that near Ding Dong?

"''I was in Sang Bang, Dang Gong — I was all over that place.... "

19 posted on 08/03/2013 1:54:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Red Steel

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”

Genesis 1:29


20 posted on 08/03/2013 1:55:35 PM PDT by Unknowing (Now is the time for all smart little girls to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: dfwgator

“I was in Sang Bang, Dang Gong “

They sound like loud places.


21 posted on 08/03/2013 1:57:12 PM PDT by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: Red Steel
The most common destinations for the marijuana were Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Texas.

Ironically those are all states where it would grow better than in CO.

22 posted on 08/03/2013 1:58:01 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: foundedonpurpose

Wait....how can it be illegal weed when it’s legal
in Colorado??? Oh right, smugglers avoiding
the tax men.

I always wanted to buy a marijuana tax stamp.
Just to have one. Yes, of course.


23 posted on 08/03/2013 2:01:02 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: foundedonpurpose
Is that near Ding Dong?

ding dong is what the smokers turn into after a visit to Hong Cong!

24 posted on 08/03/2013 2:04:19 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Red Steel
"Most of the marijuana came from Denver, Boulder and El Paso counties, the report found."

For folks in other states, Colorado Springs is in El Paso County.


25 posted on 08/03/2013 2:08:10 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: umgud

It makes my heart glad to see Americans make the money instead of murderous Mexican cartels. The war on drugs is a fascist farce that has stiles our rights, militarized our police, made drug dealers rich, and not done one damn thing to reduce drug use.


26 posted on 08/03/2013 2:16:30 PM PDT by WMarshal (Free citizen, never a subject or a civilian)
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To: Red Steel

I say legalize it and tax the living crap out of it. It is probably less harmful than tobacco, as we get it in cigarettes. I smoke neither, so I don’t give a rip.


27 posted on 08/03/2013 2:19:13 PM PDT by Cyclone59 (I wish government would get their heads out of their butts and their noses out of everyones business)
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To: BipolarBob

The “God Bless” phrase is mandatory.
For that final touch at the top of the sign in red crayon ——— “________ War Vet”. (You add the particular event.)


28 posted on 08/03/2013 2:19:58 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2013! Geaux, Pack, Geaux!)
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To: hosepipe
"America is high on weed.. even many Freepers... I think..

They call it dope for a reason.. Some can separate their dope from their politics.. MOST CANNOT..
"

Well said and true. That's one of the supports of socially pathological (AKA "progressive") politics and the current debt regime. Late-'60s commie groups (e.g., SDS) pushed the stuff pretty hard. We personally saw the dupes convert to social leftism, as it happened.


29 posted on 08/03/2013 2:28:28 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: familyop

You will see potheads bring their kids to the pot festivals for the same reason as the gays bring their kids to the raunchy pride parades. Recruiting and corrupting the kids.

These people should never be trusted.


30 posted on 08/03/2013 2:46:24 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

What exactly are you doing at a pot festival? Research?


31 posted on 08/03/2013 3:39:01 PM PDT by drunknsage
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To: drunknsage

Video on the news


32 posted on 08/03/2013 3:48:01 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Red Steel

Yep, and the cartels use age old mafia tactics to ensure they reap the profits.


33 posted on 08/03/2013 4:05:46 PM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: hosepipe
America is high on weed.. even many Freepers... I think..

You can't smell a thing over the internet. Impossible.

34 posted on 08/03/2013 4:16:42 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: Red Steel

I’d rather deal with the Coloradans than the Zetas.

Just legalize it. And stop the civil asset forfeiture nonsense, too.


35 posted on 08/03/2013 5:38:07 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: tet68

“Oh right, smugglers avoiding
the tax men.”

Mercy, they need those tax’s. They can never get enough, it’s like their addicts... Oh wait.

Are there rehabilitation/treatment centers for their addiction?


36 posted on 08/03/2013 5:56:33 PM PDT by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: foundedonpurpose

There is one on every corner and some in the middle
of the block.


37 posted on 08/03/2013 6:07:11 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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