Locals Talk About New Colorado Marijuana Laws

Published 01/06 2014 01:00PM

Updated 01/06 2014 06:42PM

Changing marijuana laws could start to impact the lone star state.

"The biggest thing we have is we're a pass through state. Pretty much to get from one side of the country, you're coming through Texas, if you're on I-40. Same thing North and South. If you're going from Denver to Dallas, you're coming through here. So our guys are encountering a whole lot more, what we call user amounts, rather than the big loads," Trooper Chris Ray, with the Texas Department of Public Safety said. 

Those user amounts include up to a couple ounces. It's a misdemeanor charge that can land you a $2,000 fine or 180 days in jail.

Locally, opinions on the new law are all across the board.

"I guess i'm against legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. I just believe that that is introducing and opening up doors that lead to abuse of it even further than what there already is," Jennifer Leheska said. 

"You know, I really haven't paid enough attention to have a thought. Seen a little clips on the news here and there, but not enough to make an educated decision," Megan Hutchens said.

"It's wonderful. I think, I think it should be more legal than alcohol. I mean you don't hear about people over-dosing. I don't think you should be able to drive on it," Breeann Reel said. 

Regardless of your opinion, Ray says they still view posession of marijuana exactly the same. It's a violation of state and federal law.

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