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Idaho Law Enforcement Expects To See Increase In Marijuana Trafficking
Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) It's a new year and residents in Colorado are embracing the newest item up for purchase... marijuana.
But, now that the state is selling it for recreational use... what does that mean for the surrounding states, where it's still illegal?
Idaho law enforcement is expecting to see an increase in marijuana trafficking.
It provides connecting highways for Washington and Colorado, who both recently legalized recreational use of the drug.
There are hundreds of reported offenses each year from trafficking marijuana.
Sheriff Doug McFall in Jerome County is putting more emphasis on patrols.
"I don't believe it's going to increase marijuana use in Idaho, but I do believe that it's going to provide a source from other locations like those states that have legalized it," he explains.
Over the past year, Idaho’s highways have been a major source for trafficking large amounts of marijuana; law enforcement is ready to crack down to keep it off the streets.