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Marijuana: Nebraska cops want Colorado to help pay for pot enforcement

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A Nebraska highway check.
Nebraska police officers are increasingly frustrated with Colorado for what they say is an increase in pot trafficking in their state that they tie directly to the legalization of cannabis across their state's western border.

This week, the Omaha World-Herald profiled several cops and state troopers who say they feel overburdened and suggest that Colorado help fund their fight against pot. They're wasting money and resources on a problem that Colorado should handle, they believe.

"I don't know what it will take to get someone to stand up and do something to try to get some of our money back," Deuel County Sheriff Adam Hayward told the paper.

The pot-enforcement problem has apparently become such a major issue that Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is making veiled threats about suing Colorado. "We are very troubled by the fact that their change in law has become our problem, so you never say 'never,'" Bruning told the World-Herald, implying that Colorado cops should step up prevention efforts.

Troopers in Colorado already regularly stop and arrest people for transporting large amounts of cannabis. But Colorado state troopers can't prevent drivers with a legal ounce or less in their car from driving across the border into another state.

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A screen capture of Deuel County Sheriff Adam Hayward.
Earlier this year, there was talk of Colorado taxpayers contributing to law enforcement in other states; Representative Amy Stephens even introduced a bill that would have done just that. Under her plan, extra money in the state marijuana cash fund would have gone to a "diversion prevention grant program" that would have doled out money to places like Nebraska upon request. The notion of local tax dollars going out of state didn't sit well with Stephens's fellow lawmakers, however, and the bill was postponed indefinitely.

Could Nebraska cops be busting their budget by purposefully (and needlessly) increasing their efforts to catch cannabis-carrying drivers in hopes of cashing in on Colorado's increased tax dollars?

Consider this: Westword regularly reports on overzealous cops in other states profiling cars with Colorado plates, looking to anyone and everyone they can for the smallest amount of marijuana. Colorado drivers say they've been pulled over for going one mile per hour over the speed limit, or for weaving when they clearly weren't, and had to wait while out-of-state cops spent hours searching their vehicles -- only to find no pot at all.

More from our Marijuana archive: "130 arrests or citations during 4/20 at Civic Center Park is way too many, attorney says" and "Bill O'Reilly's 4/20 report portrays all pot smokers as apathetic morons."


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cathyclark787
cathyclark787

Amy Stephens lost my vote.  I like to see something passed that when I crossed state lines with NOTHING IN MY POSSESION I was harassed and held up for 4 hours.  Who pays me or my beautiful State of Colorado for harassment.  Its your States choice to employ additional law enforcement and harass the good citizens that don't smoke, eat or play with 420.  Next time I drive thru the state I'll use my brothers Texas plates and your sure to leave me alone.  Sponge off someone else.  Amy I will be writing some letters.  Because of your stupidity Nebraska wants a hand out.  If the Nebraskans want to break the law I DON"T THINK MY STATE SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR IT

legalisehope
legalisehope

so colorado is supposed to pay because your citizens smoke pot? that's not our problem. legalize it in nebraska and you can bear all the benefits as well. typical cop mentality... also we are so afraid of being profiled and harrased to death many coloradans refuse to travel close to state borders with pot because we don't want to get the shit beat out of us or have to spend 12 hours on the highway or whatever even 1 having our property destroyed while being accused of transporting. 

i think nebraska cops have a case of the jellies


but if you come visit us we have delicious jelly edible candies you can try to feel better.

poor piggies.

legalisehope
legalisehope

so colorado is supposed to pay because your citizens smoke pot? that's not our problem. legalize it in nebraska and you can bear all the benefits as well. typical cop mentality... also we are so afraid of being profiled and harrased to death many coloradans refuse to travel close to state borders with pot because we don't want to get the shit beat out of us or have to spend 12 hours on the highway or whatever even 1 having our property destroyed while being accused of transporting. 

i think nebraska cops have a case of the jellies


but if you come visit us we have delicious jelly edible candies you can try to feel better.

poor piggies.

JudiSunshine
JudiSunshine

So Colorado passes 64 because we realize that banning cannabis is a huge waste of taxpayers' money and the police force's time, and Nebraska thinks we should take our money and help THEM waste it on this nonsense? Screw that.

MikeParent
MikeParent

We'd all be better off if the police focused on crimes that have actual victims!

Does anyone honestly believe that wasting $20 Billion and arresting 3/4 Million Americans annually for choosing a substance Scientifically proven to be safer than what the govt allows, is a sound policy?

^

Sean Reed
Sean Reed

Further more.... just Cuz I have a Colorado plate does NOT give you the right to search my car....probable cause anyone????

Sean Reed
Sean Reed

Should we ask Nebraska to help Colorado enforce the corn field meth heads that bring that shit to our state?/? Fuck you legalize....

Ric Saxton
Ric Saxton

No, but it could go on the ballot in every state and allow the people to vote for it. Break their system of control, one way or another. What would they do if 420 rallies were 5,000 people attended? -nothing.

Justin Wisniewski
Justin Wisniewski

May they should stop arena trail pulling people with Colorado plates over.

Howard Walker
Howard Walker

No the cops are getting good pot for free, sell it and use the money to get more cops...

Linda Johnson
Linda Johnson

Why? Cannabis is LEGAL here. Does Kansas help pay for your meth enforcement? Prob not....

Doyal Burton
Doyal Burton

We don't pay help pay them for illegal alcohol transported into there state nor do they pay Colorado for illegal alcohol transported into Colorado. Perhaps Colorado should sue them for profiling anyone with a Colorado license plate and for police harassment.

Christine Byrd
Christine Byrd

F that nonsense! Maybe other states should be putting more effort and attention to SERIOUS crimes. Why you so worried about us? Mind your business. I'm guessing that every car with a CO license plate is target. What a waste of your tax dollars.

Jewell Jewell
Jewell Jewell

I think that they need to pull their heads out their asses... if they think pots costing them $$ why don't they just jump on the band wagon and bring in the tax revenue from legalizing it themselves!!

Damon Medina
Damon Medina

Go home Nebraska you're on meth. Fines should be doubled whenever someone from Nebraska causes a accident.

Berenice Lucero
Berenice Lucero

Whats earned in Colorado should stay in Colorado !!!

Robin Medina
Robin Medina

Get your OWN fucking money. Stay away from what Colorado has going. Decriminalize it already.

Maria Carrillo
Maria Carrillo

Also it can stay here in CO are tax money stays here Dam it .

Joshua Jericho Williams
Joshua Jericho Williams

Im a teacher in DPS, wheres all that tax money that was supposed to go to bettering the schools for the youth in Colorado???

David Hopp
David Hopp

Nebraska can just stop the fight and save millions.

Douglas Evans
Douglas Evans

The war on drugs is an unconstitutional war on personal freedom fought by traitor Jack booted thugs

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Nebraska is just protecting their meth industry.  Meth, it's conservative candy.

Matt Corry
Matt Corry

There outdated laws, there money! NO!

Blake O'Dunn
Blake O'Dunn

its called an interstate agreement. its like tapping your phone and charging you for.it.to be sure you dont say anything wrong.

Charles Cusumano
Charles Cusumano

What bullshit. Do they want Colorado to pay Nebraska for drunk drivers too

Bill Falk
Bill Falk

Tax dollars stay home, we aren't a federal government supporting everyone else

Emily Raquel Shelton
Emily Raquel Shelton

Now that we legalized it, other states want compensation for what has happened BEFORE we legalized it. Shut up. Quit your whining and join us. Stop making a fucking plant a social stigma and quit dehumanizing those who not only can manage smoking, but can actually IMPROVE their lives when using. If you have not experienced something, you haven't the right to judge.

Michael Howe
Michael Howe

Nebraska can screw themselves, and deal with their own problems with their own money.

John Paul Rojas
John Paul Rojas

No! I'll tell you why. Busting people for pot is like busting people for having oral sex. It's fucking stupid! P.S I don't even smoke pot! Wake up law enforces. Do something meaningful.

Antonio Moreno
Antonio Moreno

Just legalize it Nebraska. You got lots of farmland, whats the problem?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JudiSunshine  ... enforcing marijuana laws against those transporting interstate is EXACTLY what Lyin' Brian Vicente planned --



"It will remain absolutely illegal to transport marijuana out of state after the passage of Amendment 64, It's currently that way now -- and its passage would untie the hands of law enforcement to focus on interstate issues ..." 

-- McShyster Brian Vicente, prohibitionist in sheep's clothing

JudiSunshine
JudiSunshine

It's horrifying to read so many comments (not here, but regarding that issue) of people saying "I don't mind; I have nothing to hide." It's like NO, that's not the way it works!!!

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

So you really think red state nuts care about the Constitution?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

If DPS gets more $$$, they'll just piss it away on more administrators and on legal fees defending their illegal age discrimination campaign. 

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