Colorado, Washington face big challenges in controlling pot
&Mdash; When Colorado and Washington won permission from the U.S. Justice Department to begin selling marijuana in retail stores, the states promised to keep the pot inside their borders and away from children.
They’re facing big challenges trying to do that.
Even before Colorado opened its recreational pot shops last year, when only the sale of medical marijuana was legal, the state had a reputation as a top pot exporter.
In 2013, 40 states intercepted marijuana that came from Colorado, with Missouri ranked first in the number of cases, followed by Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Kansas, according to the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. While no final count has been released for 2014, there’s been no stop in the seizures.
In Washington, D.C., Michael Botticelli, who was confirmed Monday as the nation’s new drug czar, told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that an increase in cross-border trafficking of marijuana is now a “serious concern,” and that he wants to fight it.
All That and a Bag of Mail: Brian Williams Edition
It's Friday and time for the mailbag.
Given that the mid-South may be about to be slammed by an epic snow storm, this may be the last mailbag most of you are alive to see. So I hope you enjoy it.
Our beaver pelt trader of the week is Sir John Michael from Oklahoma. If you haven't watched this video yet, do it.
On to the mailbag:
"Getting straight to the point with this one. If Nick Saban would come out and say he's pro gay marriage, would it affect the reactions to the recent law change in Alabama? I could run through scenarios, but I'm sure the self-appointed czar of the 85 percent has already thought them all out."
You know what's funny about this question? This past November I took a camera crew to an Alabama Wal Mart and told people wearing Crimson Tide gear that Nick Saban had come out in favor of gay marriage earlier that morning. We took it a step further and said Saban had also said he would leave the state if gay marriage wasn't legalized. The Bama fan reactions were outstanding, but I think we were at too good of a Wal Mart -- one near a nice suburb of Birmingham-- we needed to be more in the sticks.