Legal Pot In Colorado Helps Fill Tiny Rural Jails In KS, NE, WY


State lines can be symbols of divisions over values and cultures. The Washington Post says a three-hour drive from the profusion of pot shops in Denver (340 medical and recreational at last count) Colorado's bold social experiment is confounding parents who have to explain to their children why this alluring but troubling substance is legal just down the road, a state line and a cultural divide away.

The same policy decisions that liberated pot smokers in Colorado are filling tiny rural jails in Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming. “Every time we stop somebody, that's taking up my deputy's time with your Colorado pot,” said Scotts Bluff County, Ne., Sheriff Mark Overman. “We have to pay overtime, pay the prosecutor, pay to incarcerate them, pay for their defense if they're indigent. Colorado's taxing it, but everybody else is paying the price.”

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