Created: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 06:04:00 CST
Updated: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:48:17 CST
It could quickly become a billion dollar industry in Colorado. But it's also one of the most controversial topics across the country... Marijuana.
This year Colorado became the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. But how is that ruling affecting Nebraska as a neighboring state?
Three months ago, Colorado legalized marijuana sales. Now, residents are looking to cash in at neighboring states like Nebraska.
"Growing marijuana has become really big in California Washington. I suspect Colorado will follow those 2 states."
Glenn Kemp is an investigator for the federal drug task force. He's dealt with dozens of cases of people attempting to use a Colorado marijuana card to smuggle the drug into Adams County. Only to be turned away.
"Your medical marijuana card does not work here in Nebraska and usually when people produce those we tell them there's a state line that they crossed about 400 miles back."
Kemp says Colorado authorities are keeping a close eye on residents bringing marijuana out of state.
"Supposedly Colorado won't sell to those people again out of their dispensaries."
Dan Rutt, director of the Horizon Recovery Center right here in Hastings believes that many Americans are unaware of how dangerous marijuana really is.
"You become lethargic after you become high you're non-motivated over time and the marijuana will cause you to lose jobs the marijuana will cause you not to have a better life."
But, the drug is proving to be a money maker. Colorado is projected to bring in roughly 1 billion dollars in marijuana sales this year. An industry Kemp isn't supporting.
"It's a little disheartening after 30 years of working drugs to know that marijuana in my lifetime and your lifetime will probably be legalized in the state of Nebraska."
The Nebraska State Patrol says it's too early to tell how much Colorado's marijuana industry is affecting Nebraska.