States are fighting a new kind of border battle against marijuana trafficking. The weed used to come from Mexico — now, it’s coming from Colorado.
Ever since Colorado legalized pot, law enforcement officers in surrounding states have noticed a surge in marijuana being brought across state lines.
And it’s causing headaches, as the other states face rising costs associated with arresting and processing those who mistakenly think they can get away with transporting marijuana purchased legally in Colorado.
“One of the [arguments] for legalizing marijuana [in Colorado and Washington state] … was to reduce the black market,” said Tom Gorman, who heads a multi-state task force called the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. “In fact, the legalized marijuana has become the black market for other states.”