Kansas Attorney General Collecting Data on Colorado Cannabis

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt recently launched a statewide investigation on how Colorado cannabis is coming to Kansas, and how law enforcement has been affected by the neighboring state’s legalization, Lawrence Journal-World reports.

According to Schmidt:

“There are numerous and persistent anecdotal accounts of marijuana acquired in Colorado and illegally transported into Kansas causing harm here… 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.”

Schmidt explained that he’s sent out more than 500 survey forms to determine exactly how Colorado cannabis is coming into play in Kansas. He’s requesting information from every county and district attorney in the state, as well as all county sheriffs’ offices and city police departments. He intends to make the information public once it has been fully compiled.

In December 2014, the same region made headlines when Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against Colorado for the loosening of its marijuana laws. This lawsuit has taken more than a year in its development — however, when the Supreme Court recently requested input from the federal government on how it should handle the suit, the White House suggested dismissing the case entirely.

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