Historically, outlaws favor areas where two or more state boundaries come together. State jurisdictional disputes make pursuit by law enforcement officers across state lines not impossible, but even under the Doctrine of Hot Pursuit, timely pursuit to achieve prosecutable apprehensions is problematic.
In olden days, outlaws took comfort in the area where southeastern Oklahoma, southwestern Arkansas, and northeastern Texas came together. Plus, northwestern Louisiana was only a few miles away. In less than an hour, fast-moving, border-crossing boot-leggers or robbers could tie up four states in jurisdictional knots; then, laugh all the way to their Smoky-and-the-Bandit hideouts.
Today, southeastern Colorado is a major cross roads for “legal” marijuana trafficking. This is where Oklahoma’s Panhandle “badlands,” Colorado, Kansas, and New Mexico bump borders. (In all, Colorado is bordered by seven states and is only 34 miles from Texas, none of which allow recreational marijuana.)
Some, but not all, of Colorado’s local governments have come to rely on the taxes they collect from commercial marijuana growers and from the retail sales of recreational marijuana. Ironically, despite being a federal official, Colorado U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R), who hails from Colorado’s eastern plains, has become the out-spoken champion of Colorado’s multi-million-dollar marijuana industry.
Historical note: Colorado’s Amendment 64, legalizing recreational marijuana was a component part of President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. According to Brian Vicente, the executive director of Colorado’s major pro-marijuana group, “This is an issue that is really meaningful to young people, people of color, and groups that typically lag in