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Marijuana Related Offenses Could Increase in Montana

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Colorado and Washington, two states that are in driving range of Montana have legalized Marijuana and smuggling may become a concern. ABC Montana's Joe Moeller spoke with the Montana Highway Patrol to see what they are doing to prevent people from bringing marijuana to the Treasure State.

Less than a days drive from Montana one can end up in either Washington or Colorado, the two states where marijuana is now legal.

Wyoming, a bordering state to Colorado, has seen an increase in marijuana related offenses since the legalization of pot. Here in Montana they are not doubting an increase as well.

"We're anticipating the possibility of marijuana seizures increasing because of the two states that have legalized it, as of yet though to see anything that has increased in Montana and Highway Patrol traffic stops." said  Montana Highway Patrol Captain Jason Hildenstab.

Montana sees its fair share of drug offenses especially the Montana Highway Patrol, and although they are not increasing any monitoring they say they are ready to tackle it if it becomes an issue.

"We have an interdiction program for the Highway Patrol that frequently locates individuals that are transporting illegal drugs, marijuana, methamphetamine, you name it." added Hildenstab

Although it may be legal in surrounding states, Highway Patrol wants travelers to know it doesn't change anything here in Montana.

"Montana we got to follow Montana rules, regulations, and laws and we continue to just focus on them. If it so happens that a Colorado individual comes through with marijuana illegally in Montana we will take action then."

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