ISP concerned Colorado pot could come to Idaho

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In this Dec. 27, 2013 photo, an employee trims pot plants, harvesting the plant's buds to be packaged and sold at Medicine Man marijuana recreational dispensary in Denver. Recreational marijuana sales began New Year's Day, a day some are calling "Green Wednesday." (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) -- In Colorado, people were waiting in line up to three hours to get into the nation's first legal recreational pot shops New Year's Day.

It's being called the modern world's first fully legal marijuana industry, no doctor's note required, and it's being watched closely.

Now that marijuana is being sold legally in Colorado, law enforcement in neighboring states is keeping an eye out in case any of the Colorado pot should cross their borders, and that includes the Idaho State Police.

"One of our biggest concerns is that Idahoans who are travelling to states where it is legal, where they can get their hands on it, are going to have it with them and bring it back to Idaho," said Trooper Andrew Nakashima with the Idaho State Police.

And Trooper Nakashima says people bringing marijuana back from states where it's legal may not realize possession of three ounces of pot is a felony in Idaho.

"And some people unknowingly have felony amounts of marijuana with them," said Trooper Nakashima. "Of course, if you get arrested for a felony, you could lose your right to own firearms, to vote, plus the stigma of being convicted of a felony, or even being charged with one."

The U.S. Department of Justice says if states that legalize marijuana cannot keep it within their own borders, they'll face a crackdown under federal law which still bans the drug.