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Officials worry legal marijuana sales in Colorado could mean more pot in Oklahoma

by Silas Allen Modified: January 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm •  Published: January 1, 2014

Michael Stetler, owner of Marisol Therapeutics in Pueblo, Colo., said he planned to begin selling recreational marijuana Wednesday. The shop, which is a roughly 3½-hour drive from Boise City, is one of the closest licensed marijuana retailers to the Oklahoma border, according to records from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division.

Tuesday, Stetler said he'd taken calls from interested buyers from Kentucky, Texas and Wyoming, and as far away as Russia and Spain. The callers had questions about whether they would actually be able to buy marijuana legally, and if the shop would have enough of it in stock, he said. Despite the volume of calls, Stetler said he wasn't sure what kind of turnout to expect Wednesday.

“I don't know, to tell you the truth,” he said.

Mark Woodward, a spokesman for the state Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, said the legalization of marijuana in Colorado will likely lead to more of the drug coming into Oklahoma. The state saw a similar stream of shipments coming from Colorado when medical marijuana was legalized there in 2010, he said.

“We started seeing shipments of high-grade marijuana coming from Colorado into Oklahoma,” Woodward said. “The concern is that it's only going to get worse.”

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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