Idaho Pot Confiscations Increase 1,000 Percent in Four Years

Idaho State Police

Marijuana confiscations by Idaho State Police have increased more than 1,000 percent during the past four years, thanks in part to legalization in neighboring Washington State, according to a Sept. 12, 2016, report by

“We see it all the time and there’s no question that we are having to change the way that we train, the way that we do our job,” Capt. Bill Gardiner of the Idaho State Police said.

In 2011, the Idaho State Police confiscated 131 pounds of pot, but in 2015, they uncovered 1,650 pounds, and those figures only represent seizures of one pound or more.

Gardiner said when his fellow Idaho State Police officers look for drugs, they usually find them.

Mikhail Carpenter of the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board said, “While marijuana is legal in Washington, the black market still exists and could also be accounting for seizures along the border.”

Gardiner said some people do not understand that laws differ state to state.

“Some folks are under the impression that because it’s legal there, and because they’re a citizen of that state, those rights transfer into another state,” he said. “So sometimes they come over to Idaho not knowing that what they’re doing is illegal.”

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