In Colorado, where adult recreational use of pot has been legalized, life is a wonderful thing. But what happens when a Rocky Mountain State resident ventures across the border? That's become an issue for Rocky Mountain residents since November. Increasing evidence indicates police profiling of vehicles bearing Colorado plates on the suspicion the driver is smuggling pot across state lines.
Westword contributor Jonathan "Britt" Chester says he was recently stopped on two separate occasions in two different states. Why? His car has Colorado plates. Chester was pulled over by a Kansas State Trooper, who allegedly admitted that they “were keeping their eye out for Colorado plates."
Chester was also pulled over by an aggressive State Trooper in Tennessee for speeding (Chester says plenty of cars were passing him). It was clear that the trooper was looking for pot. He grilled Chester, then called in a K-9 unit to conduct a search which yielded nothing. Chester advises anyone driving with Colorado plates to exercise caution and don't give the cops any excuse to pull your car over.
To that effect, a Kansas defense attorney, Cal Williams, drew headlines when he announced that he was considering buying a billboard at the border to warn drivers crossing into Kansas from Colorado. In Kansas, as little as 25 grams can earn you a felony possession conviction. The situation is no better in neighboring Nebraska, where anti-pot hysteria has been drummed up by local media, decrying the alleged "drug pipeline" from Colorado to the Cornhusker state.