Readers: Colorado pot profiling is out of control across the country

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When we shared our latest post about alleged pot profiling, keyed to a lawsuit against the Idaho State Patrol by a man who says he was pulled over because of his Colorado license plates, we asked readers if they'd experienced anything similar. The response was huge and the stories were many. Here are five examples.

Justin Harned writes:

Yup. Spent an hour in the front seat of a highway patrol officers car in Nebraska while he questioned everyone in the car individually about what we were doing driving through Nebraska. It was unreal. Cop was nice, but it was still profiling and we had done nothing wrong.
Robert Lucero writes:
In Michigan got my car tore up by dogs cuz of my license plates, Colorado is bein profiled aroun da world, I got fam in Australia and England, we're profiled more than Amsterdam.
Taber Olson writes:
My friend was pulled over on I 80 in Nebraska . The cop got the dogs and everything. He was legit, doesn't even drink.
Sophia Carbajal writes:
My younger brother was out of town on business and he was driving a rental car from here to Iowa to Chicago and back. He was pulled over 3 times for no apparent reason except that he had Colorado plates. He said one of the officers straight up asked him if he had any weed in his car.
Patrice Garcia writes:
Happened to us in Kansas. We were detained for 48 hours and let go with no charges, not even a ticket for speeding, which was the excuse they used to pull us over. Be careful driving anywhere out of state with Colorado plates.

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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

So what is out of state cops use the Constitution to wipe their sizable asses, they might find someone that has 1/32 of an oz of pot and save what used to be the free world.

Dee Bee
Dee Bee

Yeah stop spending your money in other states.

Damon Wood
Damon Wood

reminds me of a gin blossoms song

Bradley Crable
Bradley Crable

Yup legalize in other states and on a federal level! Will be done soon watch!

Lewis Robertson
Lewis Robertson

Tinted windows, no air freshener hanging from rear view mirror, visine ;)

denverandy
denverandy

I've driven from Denver to the Midwest and back every summer for the past several years.  Never gotten pulled over, but as a sliver haired guy driving a VW perhaps I am less of a target.  I posted some links to "your rights during a traffic stop"; the cops have no right to interrogate you and no rights to search your car unless you allow it (then again the "drug dogs" are a scam and are used to make an excuse to search.).  Signs on I-80 saying "drug checkpoints head - K9s in use" are used to scare stupid stoners to exit and ditch their weed, they can't and don't set up drug checkpoints on the interstates, they just are at the next (rural, hardly used) exit ready to find an exuse to pull over anyone who exits.

Alan Hartley
Alan Hartley

Ill report bac. Driving to toronto in a week or so.

Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

Its job security for them..something to do out there in the corn..its sad but true..and they are all religious states so they are geared by fear..its the worst situation...blaming mj for deaths..irratic behavior...out of control...

Sarah Elizabeth Korus
Sarah Elizabeth Korus

I will probably fly back home to Nebraska because I don't feel like getting harassed in every county I drive through on I-80.

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

I get pulled over EVERY time I visit family in Oklahoma...Kansas always pulls me over at least once (usually multiple in different counties) and Oklahoma at least once. So yeah, I don't drive there any more because of this, which means I see my family a lot less. Why do we pay so many cops again? Worthless. And no there's nothing you can do about it...how do you convince a fool he's a fool?

Betty Miller
Betty Miller

Yes, I agree. I have seen stories about profiling in Nebraska.

Roger Costa
Roger Costa

Heres the deal.....DONT LEAVE THE STATE....

Steve Paradise
Steve Paradise

These states are broke as hell so trying to make money.

Jónatas Roze
Jónatas Roze

I'm guessing it will only get worse based on your piece yesterday that said our traitor state is wanting to provide cash to beef up border-states' law enforcement.

Robert Hack
Robert Hack

Do what I do, fly. Bypass those lameass states altogether

Killy Killz
Killy Killz

Of course it is, we have all experienced discrimination from the plant Nazi's

Brian Mead
Brian Mead

Yeah there is something that can be done...legalize it in all states. Coming within 5 years I bet.

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

couldn't tell ya.. i would guess just as shitty as when i left it.

Steven Fowler
Steven Fowler

Sad that this sort of harassment is allowed but it does offer yet another excuse to build high-speed railways throughout the country.

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

Mitch NOBODY cares what some borderline Canadian has to say about anything. Go back to Minnesota, get yourself a sodie pop and kill yourself, dontcha know.

Viljar Kuusk
Viljar Kuusk

Yes, bumper stickers or magnets saying something like "Proud Coloradan, does not mean Im haulin' pounds of POT!"

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

Only a matter of time before airports across the country start putting drug dogs at the gates for inbound flights from Denver.

Whatever
Whatever

Man, you pot smokers are hilarious the way you confirm and perpetuate the paranoid stoner stereotype.  This shit happens all the time, but non-smokers don't whine about it.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

The swine responsible for these false arrests and thefts need to be stopped cold.  They are armed, enemy combatants against the American People, the American Constitution, and American Liberty; expelling these badge-wearing traitors from our country is too good for them.  Police forces have become an occupying army, equipped with military weapons, and going about in armored personnel carriers, but effective resistance is possible -- there may yet be hope of seizing control from the traitors who now control all three branches of government and both major political parties, and low-tech solutions have been found for APCs, should that fail.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Sue!  The pigs are harassing you, illegally.  Call them to account and demand damages and that they obey the Law.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Whatever Great moniker -- you cared enough to write a sentence, why not enough to understand reality?

The United States of America is not "the land of the free"; we imprison more people than any other nation -- this is the least free (in the most literal sense of the word) country on Earth!  Our insane drug laws are part of the problem, but in an ostensibly democratic republic, our unjust laws reflect the fact that America has become a fascist society.

The media have trumpeted the lie that Colorado legalized cannabis around the globe; the truth is that Gov. Hack and the General Assembly reacted to the vote of the People legalizing some limited use of cannabis by adults by re-instituting all the many felonies for cannabis last summer and even increasing their maximum severity to a Class 1 felony (like premeditated murder -- see C.R.S. 18-18-406 if you don't believe me). Despite the facts that our Constitution explicitly declares that cannabis "should be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol" and that our Liquor Code contains only misdemeanors, Colorado's Establishment is determined to keep preying upon Coloradans who choose to use cannabis and to make felons of them. Outside of our overtaxed dispensary system, mostly concentrated along the Front range, growing more than six plants or selling any cannabis remains felonious, and most of Colorado is hours away from a dispensary, medical or otherwise. Prohibition is not over; it won't really be on the way out until and unless the People start electing representatives of themselves instead of the parasites whose livelihoods depend on it.

With the United States and Colorado's prison populations at an all time high right now and a galaxy of felonies penalties enacted just last year against cannabis, don't you feel even slightly foolish calling people who are aware of the problem "paranoid"?

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