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Weed profiling: Nebraska county cites Colorado drivers for pot, etc., more than Nebraska ones

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Additional photos, plus video and a graphic below.
For well over a year, we've shared claims of pot profiling from drivers who say they were pulled over on bogus pretenses in other states simply because their vehicle had Colorado license plates and local cops wanted an excuse to search it for marijuana. Note the story of a 65-year-old who was told she fit the profile of a drug smuggler because she didn't fit the profile of a drug smuggler and a trooper who said a rental car's records were inaccurate when they were actually just fine.

Now, 7News has collected data that suggests such reports aren't simply anecdotal -- especially in one Nebraska county, where Colorado drivers are stopped more often than ones from that state, whether it's for pot or any other reason.

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This photo and those that follow are culled from the 7News package on view below.
The station collected traffic-related figures in Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska, with some of it dating back to 2008 -- around the time the marijuana boom in Colorado began in earnest. And the results are eye-opening.

For instance, there were 294 marijuana-related incidents on Interstate 25 in Wyoming between 2008 and February 2014. Here are the top three states represented by the digits:

Wyoming Drivers= 130 marijuana-related incidents

Colorado Drivers= 92 marijuana-related incidents

Montana Drivers = 25 marijuana-related incidents

Presumably, the volume of Wyoming cars driving in the state dwarfs the number with Colorado plates. Hence, the relative closeness of the totals seems more than coincidental.

More telling info is summarized in the following graphic:

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Courtesy 7News
That Colby, Kansas is a hotbed for Colorado marijuana stops is no surprise. Back in March 2013, we spoke to Colby attorney Cal Williams, who said such incidents were so common that a billboard should be erected at the state line reading, "'Stop and get rid of this. Don't come into Kansas with it. You can go to prison on less than an ounce.'"

He's not exaggerating. "As little as 25 grams can be a felony in Kansas," Williams told us. "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, wrist slaps aren't common in these cases, whether or not an individual had previously steered clear of wrongdoing. "It is presumptive prison," Williams said, "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."

Even so, pot profiling in Colby appears to pale in comparison with what's going on in a certain Nebraska county.

Continue for more about marijuana profiling, including additional photos and a video.



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193 comments
YoSanchez
YoSanchez

Ustedes parecen pensar que sólo porque la gente en otros estados no comparten su amor por la marihuana, que son al revés y estúpido. Creo que usted es de mente estrecha y poco profunda. Tal vez usted debería a la mierda en el culo.

Brett Andrews
Brett Andrews

Seems like residents of Colorado don't like Nebraska solely based on college football, or more importantly cu getting dominated by Nebraska for YEARS. Get a fucking life you sheep bastards

Brett Andrews
Brett Andrews

Only 87 more people (out of 577 citations written total) were given to people with Colorado license plates. 490 citations went to Nebraska license plate holders. How can you call that profiling? They pull over ANYBODY on i-80 going east from Colorado

Brett Andrews
Brett Andrews

Fuck Denver westword for writing such bullshit

pijfers
pijfers

Christy Articola thinks it is ok to earn a profit for throwing ppl in jail for pot is a good thing. As long Christy is paying for it with the tax he/she is paying. In the end it is no profit for the state but it will cost you millions .

Christy Articola
Christy Articola

I don't blame em tho. I mean good moneymaker for states with little to offer other than beauty. I love Kansas Nebraska Wyoming but I am sure they are making a bunch of money off this. More power to em.

Christy Articola
Christy Articola

C'mon. Obviously they're profiling colorado drivers for weed. There's not even a question. I have been searched with drug dogs all three of the last three times I left Colorado with my car. I work it into my estimated travel time now (add an hour) because it's expected

Patrick O'Smitty
Patrick O'Smitty

oh well i better keep an eye out for nebraskan cops even though they're in nebraska. who cares? nebraska is fucked. big deal.

Todd Ruhter
Todd Ruhter

Neither the way I see it, but it sure rolled off the tongue of Brendan like it was some kinda pox and what's with the quotes on the start and end of the phrase? LOL. Maybe they stop Colorado people in higher percentage because they fuck around with apostrophes for no good reason.

Te Kay
Te Kay

"Sooo is Fellatio or Nebraska a bad thing ?"

Derek Lawrey
Derek Lawrey

Ahahaha why wouldn't they? People who don't smoke weed in Co. are a minority! Come on!

Todd Ruhter
Todd Ruhter

Oh, I forgot, Denver Westword and the internet have traditionally been the last refuge of refinement and "polite" verbiage. LOL

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

It really doesn't make any sense to profile people with CO plates if you think about it. Why would someone who lives in a state with all the legal weed they could ever want risk everything to smuggle it to places where it isn't legal? If anything, the police should be profiling every car coming out of CO without CO plates.

Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline

Why are we still talking about this. The Westwood post something about Nebraska profiling colorado drives at least twice a week! Im about to unlike this page and I hope im not the only one.

Barney Dunwell
Barney Dunwell

Lol Todd coming to Denver to chug cock is the real story here. Remember Todd, use dental dams! We don't need the cornhusker strain of mouth herpes here

Kihm Beyer
Kihm Beyer

Don't speed, make sure all your lights work, don't carry weed. Seems pretty simple right?

Jordan Sienko
Jordan Sienko

This is how they generate their tax dollars from Colorados legalization. You're welcome Nebraska

Jay Baca
Jay Baca

Because when you leave Colorado you are entering GOD'S COUNTRY PRAISE THE LORD! and your only allowed to get drunk and beat your wife out there in GOD'S COUNTRY! lmao ;)

Jason R. Hager
Jason R. Hager

Raised in Colorado, now live in Nebraska.. The profiling is stupid but the idiots actually transporting pot through Nebraska are, well stupid. Nebraska police departments have been profiling out of state vehicles for years (I know, was pulled over several years ago with Colorado plates on my car and the Cop apologized and said they were "looking for someone with the same car type with Colorado plates...) and it's not just Coloradans getting busted with weed, it's Nebraskans, Iowans, South Dakotans, Illinoians, etc. Just use simple logic, if it's illegal in that state, don't bring it... (even if it's a backwards law...)

Christopher Black
Christopher Black

why would anybody goto nebraska?i would ticket them just for going!

Jason R. Hager
Jason R. Hager

Colorado already does... Why do you always see more out of staters pulled over by highway patrolman on I-25, I-70, & I-76?

Riley Nolan
Riley Nolan

It's so sad how nobody understands their 4th amendment rights. Being from Colorado is not probable cause... If it were the police could pull over any Hispanic for being Hispanic or any African American for being African American.... It's illegal and you can take it to federal court and sue the state. Profiling is a crime in this country, I'd have to read the language but this might even fall under the civil rights act. It is a gross violation of our rights as citizens of the United States. This is why you should always carry a voice recording device to record all police conversations and make sure that your passenger videotapes everything. Without a warrant, real probable cause (I.e plain sight) or your express permission they cannot search your vehicle. If they don't find anything in the car they cannot search your trunk without a warrant or your permission unless a dog detects something. Don't give away your rights people, just don't it's sad. Even if you don't have anything in your vehicle, refuse a search. If they ask you to exit the vehicle you must comply, but shut your door and roll up your windows and lock your doors. just because they made you get out does not give them the right to search your car. If they ask you any questions ask for a lawyer, if they inform you, you are not under arrest then ask to be on your way. If they ask to check you for a DUI, you must comply or face jail time. Be polite and know your rights, follow all instructions but do not give in to demands to search your vehicle without a warrant. Be safe all and waste as much if these cops time as possible.

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DUI Defense Matters

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Children's Hospital sees surge in kids accidentally eating marijuana


AURORA — The number of children coming into Colorado's largest pediatric emergency department after accidentally eating marijuana is on pace to more than double last year's total.

Michael DiStefano, the medical director of the Children's Hospital Colorado emergency department, said nine kids so far this year have been brought into the hospital for accidental marijuana ingestion. Of those, seven were admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit — most commonly for what DiStefano said was either extreme sedation or agitation. One of those kids had breathing problems that required a respirator, DiStefano said.

Most of the children admitted are between 3 and 7 years old, DiStefano said.

Last year, the hospital saw eight children in its emergency room who accidentally ate marijuana. Between 2005 and 2013, only eight children were admitted at the hospital for unintentional marijuana ingestion, DiStefano said.

Though the numbers are still small compared to the total patient load, DiStefano said the patients at Children's are just one slice of what hospitals across the state are seeing.


"It is important to stop it before it becomes a huge problem," he said.



Sean Devos
Sean Devos

Hmmm, maybe on my next road trip I'll put a bumper sticker on my car..."pro constitution, anti-intoxication."

Jayson Degroot
Jayson Degroot

Driving in Houston with Colorado plates, no problem. Pulled over in Golden profiled for driving a white cargo van,

Selin Ponce
Selin Ponce

just one more reason why Nebraska sucks.

Jaroed Sarmiento
Jaroed Sarmiento

Nick dont try and talk condescendingly towards me either. You are not smarter than me. You aint gonna break shit down for me.

Jaroed Sarmiento
Jaroed Sarmiento

Not to say they never give duis, but that is not the reason there is a large police presence in lodo on the weekends. There are plenty off bars in the highlands, colfax, south broadway. Oh wait just about everywhere in fucking denver. Lodo is just full of fucking idiots.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Oklahoma kicked their asses AGAIN as they were running away from the competition of the Big 12.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@pijfers ... the Authors of that Piece of Crap A64 think it's OK to continue with the Criminal Prohibition against Marijuana.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... so the dogs -- or their corrupt handlers -- rendered a false positive hit, or simply lied about it.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... perhaps they should do a body cavity search next time ... surely you won't mind that being the compliant little sycophant that you are.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Complete BULLSHIT.


In spite of the incessant hype, stats show that regular stoners comprise less than 10% of the overall population.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "Why would someone who lives in a state with all the legal weed they could ever want risk everything to smuggle it to places where it isn't legal?"


You ain't the sharpest tack in the box, are you Jacob?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... how does one get to Iowa?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

You forgot about red state candy:  Meth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... and do the wide-stance toe-tappin' dance in public restrooms.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... rural I-76 is heavy with cops.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Riley Nolan  ... too bad Colorado Plates are not a "protected class" under the Civil Rights act, eh?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

It isn't that corrupt, Constitution violating officials don't understand the constitution.  The issue is that they are willing to violate the Constitution.  They just hate American freedom and love the nanny state.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you dress like a hipster druggie.



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