Those square states. Sometimes, kids learning geography can get them confused. So, too, can the folks at USA Today.
This week, the newspaper wrote about the “smuggling” of marijuana from Colorado, where weed is legal for recreational use, to other states where it is not.
As a guide for those who always mix up their states, USA Today included a handy-dandy map. There was only one problem. The initial version of the map showed all that marijuana coming out of Wyoming, the state north of Colorado.
The mistake drew the attention of Twitter’s geography police, who gleefully took the newspaper to task.
— Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster) June 2, 2018
Shout out to USA Today for having no idea where Colorado is on a map. ?? pic.twitter.com/4SMuNXWVzw
— ? (@SindyDoll4) June 1, 2018
OMG Colorado ships so much weed out of Wyoming it doesn't have any left pic.twitter.com/YvLUI9pfgg
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 2, 2018
The media just can't get anything right these days. Guess they were testing some of that Colorado weed when making this map and highlighting Wyoming. pic.twitter.com/AFaqrmm0oq
— Coach (@ruffnthesnapper) June 2, 2018
Despite the guffaws over the mistake, the problem of pot leaving Colorado is no laughing matter.
Nebraska and Oklahoma tried to file suits to stop the flow of Colorado marijuana into the states, but were not successful, USA Today reported.
“What we’re hearing from out of state is that that best dope around is Colorado dope,” said Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force, which operates in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. “It’s high quality, and then you have the edibles and the hash oil.”
“Illegal drug dealers are simply hiding in plain sight, attempting to use the legalized market as a cover,” Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said.
To get drugs out of state, some folks drive it out — although many are caught by neighboring states’ police.
Some try the mail.
“You’re not the brightest if you ship things through the mail,” said John Minor, the sheriff of Summit County. “It’s not uncommon for people to come up here and leave their common sense at home.”
Some Colorado residents are making a major investment in marijuana.
One man recently busted as part of a multi-state drug ring had 412 marijuana plants growing in his basement, the Greely Tribune reported.
The newspaper said that overall, more than 3,000 plants were being harvested to feed the habits of out-of-state buyers.
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