When smuggling Colo. pot, not even the sky's the limit


USA Today:

When smuggling Colo. pot, not even the sky’s the limit

Marijuana seized from suspected smugglers sits in buckets and plastic totes inside an evidence room at the Deuel County Sheriff’s Office in Nebraska. Deputies there say they’ve seen a surge in Colorado marijuana flowing through their state.(Photo: Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY)

DENVER – If you can dream up a way to smuggle marijuana out of Colorado, chances are someone else has already tried it: Cars and trucks. Potato chip bags and jars of peanut butter. The U.S. mail.

Not even the sky is the limit: A pilot last year confessed he used his skydiving planes to deliver nearly a ton of pot to buyers in Texas and Minnesota, court records show.
Authorities say growers are using loopholes in Colorado’s legal cannabis system to produce marijuana destined for illegal export, tempted by the high prices that Colorado’s high-grade marijuana commands on the black market, including convenient and discreet marijuana-infused candy.

And with margins of as much as 300%, smugglers are willing to take big risks.
“What we’re hearing from out of state is that that best dope around is Colorado dope,” says Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force, which operates in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. "It’s high quality, and then you have the edibles and the hash oil.”

The flow of high-quality marijuana out of Colorado has already prompted a lawsuit from the attorneys general in Nebraska and Oklahoma, who say their locals jails are being overwhelmed by smugglers getting caught with Colorado pot. The U.S. Supreme Court in March declined to hear that lawsuit, and officials in Nebraska and Oklahoma are considering their options.

That’s put Colorado authorities in the position of defending the state on the very issue its neighbors had griped about before it legalized marijuana: that it would foster more criminal activity. Legalization advocates argue that smuggling would stop if other states would simply change their laws to reflect the reality that marijuana is a widely used drug.

Check out the map – USA Today needs a geography lesson.


what is wrong with the map?


In their attempt to make Colorado look like a spider, they only gave it seven legs.


Well DUH, of course, legalizing something in one state when its illegal everywhere else is not going to reduce the crime rate, in order for crime to drop to almost nothing, nationwide legalization would have to occur.

Its amazing lawmakers in surrounding states are too stupid to recognize this.

Law enforcement is trying to make a stink about it, because they are smart enough to realize this could impact their job security in the years to come, so of course they will want ALL drugs to remain illegal…Ya know, if drugs are legalized nationwide, suddenly not much of a need for drug task force agents anymore, or their huge budgets!


I don’t think the routing arrows were intended to look like spider limbs.


Its amazing lawmakers in surrounding states are too stupid to recognize this

It’s uncharitable to use the word “stupid” in this context.

Issues like this are precisely what federalism is for. The Constitution never gave the federal government power to police the bodies of its citizens. If the states, other than CO, don’t want everybody getting high, they are empowered to have laws forbid it. But states such as CO are not required to help the other states save on law enforcement.



It shows Washington DC to be an island way out in the Atlantic Ocean.

(Although many Americans might wish it were.)


I don’t know the point for that. I thought the OP meant Colorado was in the wrong place, but it is not. Obviously D.C. is not an island so perhaps that is what didymus is referring to in his comment.


They did that only because D.C. is otherwise too small to be shown. Methinks youse are just picking nits.



What is wrong with the map? Or more precisely, what WAS wrong with the map? When it was originally posted, the source state for all the pot shipments was shown to be Wyoming (the other rectangular state directly to the north) rather than Colorado, but USA today has since corrected their error. A screenshot of the way it originally looked can be seen here:



now THAT is a map with a problem!

so did the USA Today make the correction the next day? do newspapers not have anyone that goes over them before they are published? that is a major boo-boo!


Some here seem to be using Colorado’s product a little too much…:smiley:


I was just waiting for Didymus to return so he can reveal what he meant. :whistle:

(But I guess Secret Square has clued us in now)


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