TCTI: Too Crazy To Ignore
Dave Ross
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Dana Cain, director of the Denver County Fair, shows a poster advertising the fair at a print shop in Denver. Colorado's Denver County is adding cannabis-themed contest to its 2014 summer fair. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Will marijuana split the union?

Accepting legal gay marriage was difficult enough for some states, but now they're facing the consequences of legal marijuana.

On a San Antonio TV station, a reporter discovered that smuggling is going on.

San Antonio Reporter: How often do you smoke pot?

San Antonio woman: Every day

Reporter: This San Antonio woman, who didn't want her identity revealed, says she smokes pot every day. Her hookup isn't the dealer down the street, but rather, hundreds of miles way in Colorado.

You heard right. This woman who lives in Texas is smoking pot every single day, and getting it from Colorado.

Of course, it is illegal to export pot from America's pot republics into non-pot territory. So how is it getting into Texas?

"She says people buy it in Colorado and disguise it in their packaging," says the San Antonio reporter. "A music box or teddy bear."

That's right. It's being smuggled in teddy bears! Never mind fencing the Mexican border, we may need to fence the Colorado border.

This is pretty much a major crisis in Texas. Whereas in Washington and Colorado, this is like smuggling a ham sandwich.

In fact, those two states are already counting the money. Pot taxes are expected to bring in $99 million in Colorado and $190 million in Washington - the kind of money no state in its right mind is going to give up.

They say marijuana itself isn't addicting, but once a state gets used to the money there's no going to rehab for that. The rest of the country is going to have to deal with it.

Dave Ross, KIRO Radio Morning News Anchor
Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.
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