Jan 1, 2014 9:43 PM by Juice Godfrey

Wyo on alert as pot goes legal in neighboring Colo

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming law officers expect an increase in marijuana arrests now that recreational use of the drug is legal in the neighboring state of Colorado.

Shops opened for business in a handful of Colorado cities Wednesday.

The sheriff of Albany County, Wyo., which borders Colorado, tells the Laramie Daily Boomerang that marijuana arrests surged after Colorado approved medical marijuana in 2000. He says he expects a similar boost now.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Stephen Townsend says he too expects more marijuana traffic on southern Wyoming highways.

Possession of less than three ounces of marijuana in Wyoming is punishable by a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000. For more than three ounces, the sentence is up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.


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