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Nebraska State Patrol finds 400-plus pounds of pot inside ATMs, van
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Nebraska State Patrol finds 400-plus pounds of pot inside ATMs, van

1 in 3 Americans Now Live in a State , Where Recreational Marijuana Is Legal. Voters in four states approved ballot measures to legalize marijuana on Election Day. 16 million residents of Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota . now join the 93 million Americans who already lived in states where cannabis had been legalized. Several other states were expected to pass similar measures, but campaigns failed due to issues created by the pandemic. Advocates say that the move toward legalization in both red and blue states demands uniform action from the federal government. Regardless of who controls the White House, the House and the Senate, we should demand landmark federal marijuana reform in 2021, Steve Hawkins, Marijuana Policy Project, via Politico. Advocates also consider the passage of marijuana legalization ballots as victories for criminal justice reform

Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested a Florida man after a traffic stop that uncovered more than 400 pounds of marijuana stashed inside ATMs, a safe and a tote.

About 10 a.m. Friday, a trooper saw that the driver of a Mercedes sprinter van failed to use a turn signal when exiting Interstate 80 at Giltner, which is southeast of Grand Island. The trooper pulled the van over.

A patrol K-9 then indicated that a controlled substance was in the van.

Troopers found 14 ATMs, a large safe and a plastic tote that were full of packages of marijuana, a patrol spokesman said. The Grand Island Fire Department helped open the ATMs and the safe.

The total weight of the marijuana packages was 426 pounds, the spokesman said. About $9,000 also was found inside a duffel bag in the front seat.

A 36-year-old man from Cooper City, Florida, was booked into the Hamilton County Jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver and possession of money during a drug violation.


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