Marijuana: More than half of felony pot trafficking cases in Kansas from Colorado

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Earlier this year, as part of our continuing coverage about the profiling of Colorado cars in other states due to our marijuana laws, we spoke to an attorney who suggested that Colorado drivers ditch their weed before the Kansas state line because of the latter's strict policies.

Sounds like a good idea. A new report about marijuana trafficking in Kansas reveals that more than half the felony cases brought during the first five months of this year involve people (and cannabis) from Colorado.

As he told us in March, Cal Williams, an attorney based in Colby, Kansas, thinks a lot of trouble could be avoided if pot-related billboards were placed at the Colorado-Kansas state line. His preferred message would be: "Stop and get rid of this. Don't come into Kansas with it. You can go to prison on less than an ounce.

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From the Kansas Highway Patrol Facebook page.
"As little as 25 grams can be a felony in Kansas," he pointed out. "There's a range from 25 grams to 450 grams, and even for someone with no record, a conviction could carry 46 to 51 months in a penitentiary."

Moreover, he added, wrist slaps aren't common even in cases of an individual who'd previously steered clear of wrongdoing: "It is presumptive prison, with 49 months being the middle range; that's likely what it would be. And based on the fact that an ounce is 28.35 grams, less than an ounce is enough to send you to prison."

This cautionary tale was reinforced by the story of Westword contributor Britt Chester, who was pulled over not once but twice while traveling cross country earlier this year, including once in Kansas.

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Britt Chester's excellent mug shot from a December 2012 skateboarding-related arrest.
In that instance, Chester was flagged down by a state trooper for the crime of driving in the left lane when not passing someone -- a minor infraction in Kansas even for folks (like Chester) who aren't speeding. Knowing that he had no marijuana in his truck, Chester allowed the trooper to search the vehicle, and he did so politely.

Afterward, Chester said, the trooper conceded that he and his brethren are "keeping their eye out for Colorado plates" on the chance that those behind the wheel are transporting marijuana.

This anecdote dovetails nicely with an Associated Press article that appeared in the Kansas City Star.

Not too many years ago, the piece notes, 70 percent of the marijuana seized the Kansas State Patrol was "pressed" pot from Mexico, popularly known as "brick weed." These days, however, what's referred to as "traditional marijuana" makes up only about 15 percent of the cannabis seized by the KSP, while the remainder is "medical-grade" material, with a huge chunk of that traceable to Colorado.

Here's an excerpt from the report:

The [Kansas State Patrol] seized 2,654 pounds and arrested 187 people during the first five months of this year. A KHP analysis of those 133 felony pot trafficking cases in early 2013 showed 79 seizures were of Colorado marijuana, with California weed next in 35 incidents.
Moreover, as we've reported, carrying marijuana for medical purposes is not a defense in Kansas, as established by a Kansas Supreme Court ruling in March against Colorado MMJ patient Troy James Cooper.

Will these factors dissuade people from carrying Colorado marijuana into Kansas, whether it was legally obtained or not? Presumably, Kansas law enforcers are betting it won't.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana profiling: Coloradans should ditch weed before state line, says Kansas attorney."


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whosdp
whosdp

Anyone willing to risk moving large quantities of pot over ANY State line has to know the ramifications of being caught.  Troopers routinely utilize canine units on suspicious vehicles and in Kansas, Iowa, Texas, etc., the laws hardly make wholesale interstate importation worth it.

As for personal consumption, anyone incapable of concealing an ounce of pot has been smoking far too much of it.  If you know somebody with a Seal-a-meal, that's great way to vacuum seal your weed and it's highly concealable.  Do it in quarter ounces, and all you'd ever have open is 7 or less grams.  I took an ounce of Humboldt County's finest into Mexico, just that way.  I stashed it in four different areas in my car and drove and smoked for almost four months, from Nogales to Oaxaca and back...no problemo, amigo!

I know the focus of this article is because of our plates, buy not all cars with Colorado plates are the same.  If your car is plastered with Coexist, gay rights are human rights, CO Flags with 420 for stars and other counter-culture band bumper stickers, you're going to get stopped.  You'll also get stopped for hogging the passing lane [THAT IS RIGHT.  IT IS UNLAWFUL TO BLOCK TRAFFIC BEHIND YOU IN THE LEFT LANE!!  i REALLY CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH!!], speeding or veering/swerving between lanes.

If you're well dressed, driving a legally licensed late model car at the posted speed...and still get stopped, just because you've a Colorado plate, you don't have to acquiesce to a search.  If your product is sealed tight enough, the dogs won't catch any scent and, off you'll go!

As interesting as is this topic, that of holding up speedier traffic, by insisting on driving in the left lane on freeways, slowly.  THAT is why people flash their lights at you and why they blast their horns at you when they're able to squeeze past you!  Right lane:  Normal traffic.  LEFT LANE:  For PASSING...ONLY!!!

whosdp
whosdp

Anyone willing to risk moving large quantities of pot over ANY State line has to know the ramifications of being caught.  Troopers routinely utilize canine units on suspicious vehicles and in Kansas, Iowa, Texas, etc., the laws hardly make wholesale interstate importation worth it.

As for personal consumption, anyone incapable of concealing an ounce of pot has been smoking far too much of it.  If you know somebody with a Seal-a-meal, that's great way to vacuum seal your weed and it's highly concealable.  Do it in quarter ounces, and all you'd ever have open is 7 or less grams.  I took an ounce of Humboldt County's finest into Mexico, just that way.  I stashed it in four different areas in my car and drove and smoked for almost four months, from Nogales to Oaxaca and back...no problemo, amigo!

I know the focus of this article is because of our plates, buy not all cars with Colorado plates are the same.  If your car is plastered with Coexist, gay rights are human rights, CO Flags with 420 for stars and other counter-culture band bumper stickers, you're going to get stopped.  You'll also get stopped for hogging the passing lane [THAT IS RIGHT.  IT IS UNLAWFUL TO BLOCK TRAFFIC BEHIND YOU IN THE LEFT LANE!!  i REALLY CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH!!], speeding or veering/swerving between lanes.

If you're well dressed, driving a legally licensed late model car at the posted speed...and still get stopped, just because you've a Colorado plate, you don't have to acquiesce to a search.  If your product is sealed tight enough, the dogs won't catch any scent and, off you'll go!

As interesting as is this topic, that of holding up speedier traffic, by insisting on driving in the left lane on freeways, slowly.  THAT is why people flash their lights at you and why they blast their horns at you when they're able to squeeze past you!  Right lane:  Normal traffic.  LEFT LANE:  For PASSING...ONLY!!!

whosdp
whosdp

Anyone willing to risk moving large quantities of pot over ANY State line has to know the ramifications of being caught.  Troopers routinely utilize canine units on suspicious vehicles and in Kansas, Iowa, Texas, etc., the laws hardly make wholesale interstate importation worth it.

As for personal consumption, anyone incapable of concealing an ounce of pot has been smoking far too much of it.  If you know somebody with a Seal-a-meal, that's great way to vacuum seal your weed and it's highly concealable.  Do it in quarter ounces, and all you'd ever have open is 7 or less grams.  I took an ounce of Humboldt County's finest into Mexico, just that way.  I stashed it in four different areas in my car and drove and smoked for almost four months, from Nogales to Oaxaca and back...no problemo, amigo!

I know the focus of this article is because of our plates, buy not all cars with Colorado plates are the same.  If your car is plastered with Coexist, gay rights are human rights, CO Flags with 420 for stars and other counter-culture band bumper stickers, you're going to get stopped.  You'll also get stopped for hogging the passing lane [THAT IS RIGHT.  IT IS UNLAWFUL TO BLOCK TRAFFIC BEHIND YOU IN THE LEFT LANE!!  i REALLY CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH!!], speeding or veering/swerving between lanes.

If you're well dressed, driving a legally licensed late model car at the posted speed...and still get stopped, just because you've a Colorado plate, you don't have to acquiesce to a search.  If your product is sealed tight enough, the dogs won't catch any scent and, off you'll go!

As interesting as is this topic, that of holding up speedier traffic, by insisting on driving in the left lane on freeways, slowly.  THAT is why people flash their lights at you and why they blast their horns at you when they're able to squeeze past you!  Right lane:  Normal traffic.  LEFT LANE:  For PASSING...ONLY!!!

rockymissouri1
rockymissouri1

Puritans are alive and (not) well...... Just the last desperate gasps before the People of these states inform themselves of the truth.

adminuser
adminuser

friends don't let friends go to Kansas.... EVER

Sean Bracken
Sean Bracken

America's war against pot (and all drugs for that matter) is so stupid.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter


HipTip: Transit KKKonservative States that Reject Evolution in favor of the Holey Baable at Your Own Peril.

hth.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Rein in the highwaymen of Kansas, of Oklahoma, of Utah, of Wyoming, of Iowa, etc.   People from Colorado are being stopped without probable cause or reasonable suspicion.  To maintain a pretense of legality, highwaymen ask rhetorically for permission to search, then do so regardless, either with permission, or on some invented pretext.  What is the outcome of all this activity by the parasites who enforce our fascist laws?  Our country has become the least free on Earth in terms of the proportion of the population living free of a cell (see http://goo.gl/Vk0LT) -- this is not "the land of the free" but the Land of Prisons.  What police and judges are doing is fundamentally wrong, and they should be held accountable like concentration camp guards at Nuremberg were.

Ryan Getz
Ryan Getz

It's happened to myself and my friend group often. The drive between here and Lawrence can sure be a sketchy one....

Thomas Lawson
Thomas Lawson

I went over the border to Canada last month and faced lots of questions about the laws in Colorado.

johnsonbill272
johnsonbill272

no different than texas cops pulling people over because of a deadhead sticker

justathought
justathought

Way to fill thoe jails full of non-violent offenders! Ironic...now caucasian people know what unfair drug laws are like.

Monkey
Monkey

Let it be known that the CSA is usually what surrounding states like Kansas base their drug laws on, and the CSA says "any mixture containing THC". That means they weigh your edibles, and the 1/4 oz of weed you used to make a plate of brownies can turn into charges that include possessing pounds of a schedule 1 controlled substance.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Sean Bracken ... why do you hate America?

mdl68
mdl68

@DonkeyHotay just for your FYI the KKK was started by the democrats...educate before looking stupid


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase"What is the outcome of all this activity by the parasites who enforce our fascist laws? "


"Granting the DOR regulatory authority over retail sales of cannabis is not bad at all" -- Robert Chase


@RobertChase "Our country has become the least free on Earth"


"I oppose the recreational use of cannabis by minors" -- Robert Chase


Regulation Works! - get Regulated, bitch, you begged for it!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mdl68 ... old-time white Dixiecrats, who have all shifted to the Repuglycan Party  well over 1/2 a century ago.

Is KKKansas and the rest of the Racist Bigoted South Red or Blue states?

You = Fail

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