Local officers monitoring impact of Colorado marijuana law

Scotts Bluff County law enforcement are monitoring what's occurring with Colorado's new law to allow recreational use of marijuana, but at this point are not sure or feel it will only have a minimal impact on the amount of the drug they see in western Nebraska. The law will not only allow use of marijuana by adults over 21, but also allow for growing of pot in homes and in 2014 provide for the regulated sale of pot in stores.

Interim Scottsbluff Police Chief Kevin Spencer believes there will be the occasional additional instance when Police will see someone in possession here because of the new law simply because of the the panhandle's proximity to Colorado.

Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman says the legalization of medical marijuana in Colorado and other states has resulted in much more of it for sale in western Nebraska and believes this new law will only increase that.

Nebraska State Patrol Troop E Captain Mike Gauldreault says he's not sure what impact the law will have on the amount of pot troopers will see on the road.

But the officers all emphasize Nebraska marijuana laws will be vigorously enforced.

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