Reader: Kansas police profile Colorado drivers for pot BIG TIME

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Our post about a Denver man who says he was charged an extra $100 by a Kansas hotel because he was suspected (incorrectly) of smoking marijuana in his room just because he's from Colorado got our readers talking. Among the topics was alleged pot profiling of cars with Colorado plates. Here's one person's story.

Michael Stork Bass writes:

Kansas State Police profile BIG TIME! i got pulled over and searched 3 times while driving across their miserable state last year....the first time i was polite, the other two i sported a HUGE attitude.... officer: do you know why we pulled you over? me: yeah because i'm a single white guy with colorado plates and you are violating my civil rights by profiling me as a marijuana transporter.....

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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga

What's Wrong With Kansas?  For one thing, it has way too many conservatives.  When that happens, the Constitution is used as a butt wipe.  They especially hate the parts having to do with presumption of innocence and illegal searches.  Or is it the part about equal rights.  Maybe it would be easier to list who they don't hate:  Their ultra rich cult daddies.

Venus Lewis
Venus Lewis

Yup!! Got stopped in Arkansas and the police officer asked if I was transporting marijuana, lol!

Dakota Payton
Dakota Payton

So far it's been a Kansas hotel and a Kansas police officer. Fucking asshole cops.

Steve Bird
Steve Bird

Drove through nebraska just this weekend and barely saw any cops.

Renee Beauregard
Renee Beauregard

What did we expect? Every state is going to MAKE MONEY from this. and THAT is what it is all about.

Renae Alfstad
Renae Alfstad

In South Dakota, outside of Sturgis. My brother & I were going to visit mom. I think it was the tattooed freaks on board bumper sticker, searched the car and everything....

Heather Doozer
Heather Doozer

Montana- the cop even acknowledged that he had no legitimate reason for pulling me over when he said "I thought it looked like you had a light out, but I now see it's fine"- then kept us pulled over for several more minutes (Do not let them search your car- EVEN IF THERE IS NOTHING IN IT!!)

Rochelle Diebert
Rochelle Diebert

It is scary. I think things will settle down soon though, it's only been legal for 21 days. But I don't think our plan is still going to carry out. It really isn't worth it.

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

I got harassed in Kansas years ago with Arizona plates. They even asked me if the excedrin in the excedrin was ecstasy since it had an e on it

grogan79
grogan79

I drove East this summer and decided to skip Kansas and go through Nebraska instead.  I had a place to stay in Omaha anyway, I heard how bad Kansas had gotten.  It wasn't until I got to Missouri, where I had been searched for guns and drugs 15 years ago that I had any problems.  I was aggressively pulled over just east of St. Louis and searched (I don't drink or do drugs), and boy was the cop disappointed.  I was pulled over two more times during my stay in the Midwest, both in Ohio.  I ended up getting a bogus ticket, which was dropped, but still had to pay $125 in court fines.  No points on my license though.  Besides the hassle, I had a feeling it would happen.  Almost every time I drive to California I get a ticket there too.  I just call it a freedom tax.

Gus Ferris
Gus Ferris

Now that weed in legal we have trapped ourselves in our own rectangle state the emerald rectangle

Mark McLaughlin
Mark McLaughlin

Been in MI with CO plates for two years, pulled over multiple times, never even asked about the plates.

Meredith Rogers
Meredith Rogers

I heard of someone who got a $150 dollar fine and 100 hours of community service plus lawyer fees for each of the adults in the car for driving through Idaho. they got pulled over because apparently they drove for a millisecond with the tire on the fog line. the cop searched the car with kids in it and found a joint. They were not high at the time but brought a tiny amount as they were going camping. Such crap! the lawyer even told them... oh the fog line one that is a popular one with the Colorado and Washington plated cars.

Stephen Music
Stephen Music

I've had my car searched multiple times in Texas and Kansas, even after I refused to allow them to search. I don't even smoke weed. All because I had CO plates.

Page Sanderson
Page Sanderson

My girlfriend was while on a road trip last summer.

Jeff Hulsing
Jeff Hulsing

Hey now, enough with the Kansas hate comments. Some of us were smart enough to move out you know ;)

stuka1
stuka1

"me: yeah because i'm a single white guy with colorado plates and you are violating my civil rights by profiling me as a marijuana transporter....."

GOOD answer.

Steve Bozich
Steve Bozich

They should be pulling over their own KS plates headed back east from a weekend in CO! Probably have more "success" with that.

Charlie Harm
Charlie Harm

Oh yeah, that'll happen...especially in stupid fucking Kansas. Those guys are a bag of dicks.

Marc Mandel
Marc Mandel

I have been pulled over and searched so many times driving through Kansas I drive around that shit hole of a state now. Been profiled in Nevada and Utah as well but nothing is as bad as Kansas. So lucky for Kansas and me I got no reason to go to Kansas.

Dean Wyant
Dean Wyant

Just happened to me in Idaho on December 27th. Pulled over for speeding (My cruise control was set at 74 in a 75 zone) and a mini-van was passing me going over 80 at the time. He even said he clocked the mini-van at 82 but pulled me over instead. ???? Then immediately asked if I had drugs in the car. Threatened to get his dog out of the back of his patrol car and do a search. Checked my license and registration then came back and said I could go. I've never even had a speeding ticket before.

Julie Eaton
Julie Eaton

this is nothing new. probably just got a little worse. been pulledd over in MO. and FL. both times the cops admitted it was because i had CO tags

Froward
Froward

I got tired of the harassment by other states cops. so other than registering my vehicle in another state. I did one better. I have a friend who owns a dispensary. I bought a half oz of "sweet leaves" and rubbed them into the back seat. then carefully vacuumed all visible signs of it up. so now when the drug dog "signals" that I have Marijuana and the police find none. I count it as a small victory. telling them that while they were wasting all of our time. 100 pounds probably just went by with their states licence plates on it.

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

Yes - Kansas, Oklahoma and Utah can kiss my Colorado ass.

Craig C Thomas
Craig C Thomas

If you drive through Kansas, you're gonna have a bad time...

Jayson Vonfreizer
Jayson Vonfreizer

Every state targets out of stater's... Because when they get a ticket they know a person will just pay it since they wouldn't go back to court.

Kurt Simpson
Kurt Simpson

Before the law passed, if you were driving a rented vehicle with red commercial plates, it was pretty much a certainty that they either the KS Highway Patrol (about 10 mi west of Salina) or any of the corridors Sheriff's Dept would get ya after that. I went several major hurricane in 2012 and 2013. Drove rental trucks so my personal one wouldn't get messed up. All 7 times I was pulled over and 5 times the k9s came, as I refused consent to search. It got to the point that the last 2 times the K9 guy for the troopers refused to come as he knew my name. I recorded, with video every encounter. Its a shame how someone who didn't know their rights could get treated. This was the first encounter with some hick Sheriffs dept, who after I sent the tape in and made a big deal, was put on unpaid leave for 2 weeks. Treat them respectfully, be a dick, stand up for yourself, cave in to their demands.... Either way video tape it. Document everything. Oh and I DONT smoke weed NOR do any drugs, yet in respect to those who served our country I believe that we are afforded certain rights and not to be harassed driving thru shitsville KS is one. The series of videos (6) are not posted as I already wasted enough time on them. But this hick fucker just pissed me off. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KOHpIUsAeg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Ski Steve
Ski Steve

I'm amazed how everyone slows down long enough to see everyone's tags and not look at the people.

Dev Adams
Dev Adams

We drive to NC twice a year. Since the law passed, every car we have seen pulled over from Kansas thru Illinois has Colorado plates. May just be that we are crummy drivers, but it wasn't the same pattern prior to the law.

johlem9
johlem9

@grogan79 If you were east of Saint Louis you were in Illinois, not Missouri.

stuka1
stuka1

.....because......you hate Kansas...?  LOL

stuka1
stuka1

@Froward 

Um I don't think you'll be calling it much of a victory the day the dog alerts and they disassemble your entire car on the roadside and leave you there to put it back together yourself. 

Just sayin'...

Froward
Froward

@stuka1 Thats the best part. the back seat completely removes. Is torn and readily accessible to a complete search. The Glee in telling the officers (pot gestapo) how much of a waste of time it is/was to search. offsets any delay in the trip. Knowing and quoting FBI crime stats on crimes with real victims aids in the satisfaction of wasting the officers time as they are wasting mine.    

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