Lewis W. Diuguid

Cheech and Chong adventures relived out of Colorado

Updated: 2014-02-16T00:05:58Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

It’s not surprising that law enforcement officers in states bordering Colorado are behaving as if they are re-enacting a Cheech and Chong movie now that people can legally buy recreational marijuana in the Rocky Mountain high state.

The border states are Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah and a bit of Arizona. Cars and trucks coming from Colorado have likely been targeted by officers in the surrounding states, The Kansas City Star reports.

It may be legal to buy pot in Colorado, but people who cross the state line face drug possession charges elsewhere, and that can be quite costly. Being dogged by law enforcement sometimes was the source of humor in Cheech and Chong movies of the 1970s and 1980s.

But it’s not funny today for people caught in cops’ cross hairs. The same kind of profiling took place about 40 years ago when it was legal for 18-year-olds to buy beer in Colorado.

But getting it back into their states from a weekend beer run was like being in a Smokey and the Bandit film of the 1970s.

Ah, the adventures of youth! Today’s Cheech and Chong are likely those kids’ parents.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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