Despite being three states away from Colorado and the fact that legalized recreational sales in Washington haven’t even begun, law enforcement in Tennessee blame those two states (and California) for marijuana found in Tennessee.
Never you mind that Kentucky, long home to some of the most prolific outdoor cannabis growers in the country, shares hundreds of miles of border with Tennessee. This is those dirty, weed-loving Western states’ problem, damnit.
According to WKRN in Nashville, a pound of herb in Tennessee goes for about four time what it would go for in Colorado (a $10,000 pound? Seriously WKRN?). And according to their police sources, the evidence is that they’ve stopped a few drivers from other states with pot in their car.
“Numerous times we stop people with marijuana, and they hand me their medical marijuana license and that is a hollow document here. It doesn’t mean anything,'” one cop told the station. So, they’ve busted a few people transporting their supply of herb and now there’s a massive pot invasion.
Cops also point to a stop of a man who hailed from Washington state with 61 pound of marijuana. The man apparently told cops that their laws were a joke, but cops didn’t get it.
“He was almost shocked. He would say things like, ‘It’s legal where I am from. I can’t believe it’s illegal here,” another cop said.
Neither can we, frankly. Laws against marijuana make less and less sense by the day.
Possession of a half-ounce or less in Tennessee is a misdemeanor with up to a year in jail and $250 in fines. Posession with intent to distribute anywhere from a half ounce to 10 pounds is a felony with up to 6 years in jail and $5,000 in fines. More than 10 pounds and less than 70 carries up to 12 years in jail.