Skip to comments.Report: Colorado now a major exporter of illegal marijuana
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 Justices 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.
Who cares anymore?
We need to end the war on weed. We got bigger fish to fry and need the money elsewhere.
That was in 1967!!!!!!!!! Nothing to see here, keep moving.
Illegal weed from CO ? I thought it’s perfectly legal in CO and WA ?!?
small amounts for personal use is ok now
~~~Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area~~~
One cannot temporize with vice.
Just think of the amount if MJ was leagal.
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.
It becomes illegal when people try to send it out of state to other states where it ISN'T legal.
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.
“Will work (not very hard though) for pot” sign ought to do it.
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.
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..
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.
Is that near Ding Dong?
"''I was in Sang Bang, Dang Gong I was all over that place.... "
“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.”
“I was in Sang Bang, Dang Gong “
They sound like loud places.
Ironically those are all states where it would grow better than in CO.
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.
ding dong is what the smokers turn into after a visit to Hong Cong!
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.
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.
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.)
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.
What exactly are you doing at a pot festival? Research?
Video on the news
Yep, and the cartels use age old mafia tactics to ensure they reap the profits.
You can't smell a thing over the internet. Impossible.
I’d rather deal with the Coloradans than the Zetas.
Just legalize it. And stop the civil asset forfeiture nonsense, too.
“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?
There is one on every corner and some in the middle
of the block.