Will legal pot in WA mean more trafficking through Idaho?

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Now that voters in Washington State and Colorado have legalized marijuana in those states. People in Idaho are now wondering what it will mean for trafficking through the area.

According to Sargent Sam Ketchum of the Idaho State Police said it likely won't. That's because authorities already saw a rise in the amount of trafficking after Oregon and Washington passed medical marijuana laws years ago.

""I don't see us having any more trafficking issues than we have now," said Ketchum. "We see a lot of loads that are 6 pounds, 10 pounds, we recently just had one that 80 pounds."

Ketchum said the bust they make are usually heading East to states where pot is still illegal.

There is still some confusion on the new laws not only here in Idaho, but also in the states they were passed in. Douglas Hiatt, a Washington defense attorney, noted there are still a lot of misconceptions about what you can and can't do.

"Oh legalize marijuana oh I could pass a joint to a friend of mine, no you can't," said Hiatt. "I can grow it, no you can't. I can transport it, no you can't."

While there won't be any change in how ISP goes after the illegal drug they may have to keep a closer eye out for impaired drivers. Once the laws go into effect there will likely be more people traveling to those states to light up. While that may not be a big deal in Boise, officers in border towns like Moscow and Coeur d'Alene will likely run into more cases.

Sgt. Ketchum says they do have experts that can determine if someone is impaired by marijuana. Unlike alcohol where impairment is considered .08, there is no standard for the amount of pot in the body.