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Attorney general seeks data on Colorado marijuana in Kansas

In this file photo from March 2014, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt speaks at the Statehouse in Topeka.

In this file photo from March 2014, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt speaks at the Statehouse in Topeka.

January 4, 2016

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— Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday that he has launched a project to collect information from local law enforcement agencies about how marijuana purchased in Colorado is entering Kansas and how it's affecting the state.

“There are numerous and persistent anecdotal accounts of marijuana acquired in Colorado and illegally transported into Kansas causing harm here,” Schmidt said. “But because of technology limits, the confirming data is elusive. Since Colorado’s experiment with legalization is affecting Kansas, we need to know more about what is actually happening here so policymakers can make informed decisions.”

In 2012, voters in Colorado approved a constitutional amendment legalizing the sale and possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Since then, the state has become a kind of destination attraction for people who want to enjoy a legal high, including many people who enter Colorado by way of Kansas.

Schmidt said he has sent more than 500 survey forms requesting information from all county and district attorneys in Kansas, as well as all county sheriff's offices and city police departments, asking them about their experiences with pot from Colorado.

He also said he would make the survey results public when they are compiled later this year.

Although marijuana remains illegal nationwide under federal law, Schmidt's office noted that federal law enforcement agencies have elected not to fully enforce those laws in states like Colorado that have elected to legalize the drug locally.

However, Schmidt said federal enforcement remains a possibility if marijuana from states like Colorado comes into surrounding states and causes harm.

Kansas state law still prohibits the possession or distribution of marijuana.

Comments

Steve Jacob 8 months, 4 weeks ago

I am much more concerned about the drugs coming up I-35 then anything from Colorado.

Tony Holladay 8 months, 4 weeks ago

It harms the State of Kansas Revenue. The State of Kansas could benefit greatly from the sales taxes that legalization of marijuana would generate. How much money does it take to prosecute and convict a marijuana user? How many people in Kansas are actual users of marijuana?Does the government in Kansas actually represent the people? And no, I am not one of the users. I just believe there are far worse things out there than stoners.

Bob Summers 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Legalizing marijuana is federally illegal.

Why do you want to break the law?

Bob Reinsch 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Bob's right. They'd never allow legal marijuana in the District of Columbia or on Native American Reservations... oops, check that. Yeah... that's wrong.

Matt Darling 8 months, 1 week ago

the federal government's marijuana ban is unconstitutional, states rights still exist. unless the feds want to start another civil war

Ben Yokel 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Anyone can see that cannabis prohibition is a complete waste of precious law enforcement and court resources! Lazy police officers picking soft targets instead of fighting real crimes. So back to work lazy cops on, unsolved murders, rapes, assault and theft and leave harmless cannabis alone!

It is increasingly clear that our government policy regarding cannabis has been corrupted by corporate influence. With all the evidence pointing to the fact that cannabis is much safer than alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical drugs what other conclusion can we come to you?

Figures directly from the CDC dot gov web site numbers of deaths per year in the USA

  • Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
  • Tobacco: 390,323
  • Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
  • Cocaine: 4,906
  • Heroin: 7,200
  • Aspirin: 466
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
  • Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems.

So, which is safer?

Legalize, regulate and TAX!

Rob Shaffer 8 months, 4 weeks ago

The Kansas attorney general insists that his 1935 Reefer Madness mindset is correct and the rest of the world is wrong. Then he uses tax payer dollars to further propogate his nonsensical notions. All this while the Kansas state budget is deep in the toilet. In Colorado citizens walk into a secure dispensary, purchase clean, tested, safe and natural marijuana and drive home without fear of police. All the while collecting tens of millions of dollars to fund education and other needed programs. Colorado had so much extra tax money that for awhile they weren't quite sure what to do with it all. All this benefit simply for allowing their citizens the right to purchase a harmless plant. Stop oppressing your citizens, stop wasting their money, join the rest of the modern world. Legalize.

Barb Gordon 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Huh. Combine this with the article about revenues falling short, and....

Screw it. Let's just spend more taxpayer money chasing around pot heads instead of legalizing and taxing the stuff ourselves. Because Jesus.

Shane Garrett 8 months, 4 weeks ago

I agree with your above statement and don't forget about all the voter fraud that needs to be investigated.

Barb Gordon 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Yes. It's vitally important we find out how many people (that we can count on one hand) have double-voted in elections while moving to another state. Moar money is required.

Larry Tucker 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Is the attorney general investigating marijuana to protect the public or is he wanting to find out how much new tax money it could bring to the state's budget? When is he going to have time to evaluate the results when he is to busy in court defending the state legislature and governor for all of their antics? Come on voters of Kansas.It's time for new leadership in Topeka!!

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