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Idaho Police Warily Eye Oregon's New Pot Law

Jul 3, 2015
Originally published on July 2, 2015 5:27 pm

Idaho law enforcement say they’ve been finding more marijuana in vehicles coming from states with looser pot laws.

They expect that to continue now that Oregon has a legal recreational market.

Idaho is now in a minority of states in the West that don’t have some form of legal marijuana. And Teresa Baker with the Idaho State Police knows some Idahoans are making those other states a destination.

“We would just ask that you not bring it back to the state,” she said.

She said marijuana busts have increased fivefold over the last four years. Many, like a recent 150 pound bust near the Washington border, are too large to have been purchased in legal markets.

But Baker says police are also seeing more small, personal use-sized amounts.

“I would say that it’s more common to find someone with marijuana on them in their car during a traffic stop than it is alcohol these days,” she said.

And in fact, it remains illegal to transport marijuana across any state lines -- even from say Washington to Oregon. That trips federal rules on interstate commerce and the federal government of course also still considers pot illegal.

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