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    Fellow blueliners from Illinois...

    How are your departments/offices/etc preparing for the new marijuana law to take effect?

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    We haven't done any training on it yet but should soon. I expect the DUI - Drugs rate will go up, as will the amount of fatal crashes. The statute imposes a lot of limitations on where and when people can smoke it so we'll still be getting into a lot of cars and confiscating it. Also expect, unless the IL laws change to protect the dispensaries, cash-only businesses are going to get robbed a lot. And the owners will skim off the top like no tomorrow for as long as they can.

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    • Saluki89
      Saluki89 commented
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      One thing we're doing is paying more attention to cars from neighboring states as we think the trafficking export business will increase substantially. Not sure where you're at but I have Missouri, Kentucky, and to a lesser extent, Tennessee, a stone's throw from where I patrol.

  • #3
    Expect local ordinance violations everywhere to be enforced after Jan 1st 2020. For example, broken seals on containers from dispensaries. And as a result, the tow and impounds will follow.

    I'm just sitting around waiting on the genius that can develop the mobile technology to measure impairment as it applies to cannabis. This would make all of our lives a lot easier during traffic stops eh.
    Last edited by StephDakel; 07-10-2019, 08:43 AM. Reason: Edited for errors.
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    • Saluki89
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      I just wave a bag of jalapeno cheetos in front of their face and see how they react

    • NW121
      NW121 commented
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      Now why didn't I think of that?

  • #4
    What you can expect:

    -More open use in public.

    -More Driving and Toking (can smell it a mile away on the freeway).

    -Prosecutors won't take marihuana cases at all because juries now think it's all legal because billboards advertise who sells the best strains of sativa.

    -B&E's: typical retailer isn't high end commercial real estate in the 'burbs. It's an old gas station or corner building in the 'hood that gets redeveloped into a cannabis store. Other than a flimsy camera system, little money is spent on physical security. Preferred MO of entry will be stolen van ramming into cinder block wall until a hole is made, running in, and leaving within two minutes.

    -Cottage industry for former LE: cannabis businesses pay physician wages tor armed cash escort work. Funny, isn't it, how the same guys who once took down armed crews transporting dope money are now working for them....
    Last edited by Ratatatat; 07-11-2019, 07:39 AM.
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    • #5
      I just look at the statistics of Colorado and shake my head.

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      • #6
        Fully illegal here (Federal)
        Former Police Officer (Injured LOD)
        USAF VETERAN 2004-2012
        "The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day."-LTC Grossman
        Emergency Services Dispatcher, APG MD

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