Any time you’re transporting marijuana, you risk getting busted by highway police.
Highway police profiling and drug interdiction zones account for a significant percentage of the hundreds of thousands of marijuana arrests that occur every year in America.
Part of the threat comes from the government’s designation of “High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas” (HIDTA) that cover 18% of all U.S. counties and 64% of all U.S. citizens.
Look here for a map of HIDTA target counties.
If you’re a California medical marijuana grower, know that anti-marijuana cops prowl the main north-south highways (especially Highway 101 and Highway 1) that connect California’s prime marijuana growing regions (the Emerald Triangle) with urban centers.
They’re especially thick when it’s outdoor harvest time in the Emerald Triangle.
Nationwide, the most intense highway police “drug trafficking interdiction zones” include Highway 101 and Highway 1 between the San Francisco Bay area and the Emerald Triangle; Interstate 5 (California to Canada), I-95 and I-75 (East Coast, USA), I-40 (from near Mexico in Southern California all the way to North Carolina), I-44 (Texas to Missouri), I-70 (Colorado-Kansas) and I-80 (California to New York).
Along major drug interdiction corridors, count on clusters of unmarked police cars, undercover agents, random checkpoints, police helicopters, drug dogs, and other anti-marijuana infrastructure.
Highway police marijuana interdiction zones are also prevalent along the Mexico-USA border.
They’re common along state borders where a legalized marijuana state such as Colorado adjoins hardcore anti-marijuana states.
Marijuana profiling efforts are most intense in the Western United States, because police believe that California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado marijuana growers are producing mega-tons of marijuana that often ends up transported on major highways.
Interstate highways are dangerous when you’re carrying marijuana, but smaller roads are also targeted by highway police.
For example, highway police from California’s Sonoma County heavily prey on marijuana growers and transporters who use Highway 101.
With all the actual, dangerous crimes being committed or facilitated by highway travel, why do police spend tens of millions of dollars on marijuana profiling and interdiction?
Anti-marijuana funding from federal, state, and local governments is handed out based on how many busts and asset seizures police make.
It’s a form of highway robbery, carried out by the gun and badge gang.
Police departments have a direct monetary incentive to do marijuana profiling.
Their lust for money, extra personnel, equipment, and asset forfeiture bling make them into criminals.
Marijuana people who’ve been stopped and busted say police routinely use illegal searches, coercion, lies, and even violence.
One of my marijuana grower friends had seven pounds of high-grade Emerald Triangle outdoor bud when he was stopped by police north of Santa Rosa, California on Highway 101.
Police officers said he had a broken taillight. He didn’t. They lied. Police always lie.
They brought in a drug dog.
Even though my friend had used hardcore vacuum-sealing, wrapping, and concealment tactics, the drug-sniffing dog found his weed.
But when he saw the charging documents, he was only charged with possession of slightly more than one pound of medical marijuana.
Where had the other pounds gone? He didn’t ask or protest…because his lawyer told him the lesser amount was far more favorable for negotiating a jail-free plea deal with the prosecutor.
Police are increasingly trying to nail us for DUI, driving while high.
New marijuana legalization laws sometimes include ridiculous THC blood percentage limits that don’t indicate whether you’re driving badly, but will land you in DUI trouble.
Can you avoid being profiled? What characteristics are police profiling for?
The profile used to be a generic stereotype: long hair, hippie van, tie-dye, Marley music, scruffy, young.
But police finally figured out that all kinds of people—not just hippies—are growing, transporting, and selling marijuana.
Nowadays, drug interdiction police occasionally stop a BMW with a middle-aged couple just for the fun of it, but they’re more likely to stop a VW van filled with ravers.
I’ve reviewed dozens of media reports, and talked to many marijuana community victims, about marijuana profile arrests and drug interdiction traffic stops across the United States.
I focused mostly on the West because that’s where the largest supply of domestic marijuana is grown and shipped from.
Drug interdiction police are focusing primarily on males between the ages of 18-45 driving solo or with one other passenger.
In Southern California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas, Hispanics and blacks more likely to be targeted.
Along the East Coast, blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately targeted.
In Northern California, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, (and states directly adjoining them) the targets are often young white males who fit the “hippie” profile.
No matter what you look like, you can’t be sure police will leave you alone.
There’s another article here at BigBudsMag.com I recommend for anyone concerned about marijuana profiling and how it can rob you of your freedom.
The article describes educational videos made by a former drug cop who perfected the art of highway drug interdiction robbery.
Of course, common sense says when you’re driving with marijuana in your possession.
Obey all traffic laws, make sure your vehicle’s registration, license plate, equipment and appearance are legal, respectable, and safe.
Don’t smoke weed while driving.
Avoid having overt self-identifiers (such as pro-marijuana bumper stickers) on your vehicle.
Remember that when you have marijuana, you’ve automatically given up your Second Amendment right to own or possess a firearm.
If highway marijuana police get you with marijuana and a gun, you face a lot worse charges than if they’d just found your marijuana.
Remember that if you’re stopped by police, you have the right to ask why you’re being stopped, and to refuse an officer’s request to search your car.
Never say anything other than to give your identification information, ask why you’re stopped, and refuse a search. Anything you say can and will be used against you.
If your refusal to allow a search results in you being arrested, it’s better than if you consented to the search.
I’m not an attorney, so this isn’t “official” legal advice, but I’ve had many encounters with police, and this is what my attorneys advised me to do.
Remember also that police are KILLING unarmed, innocent civilians during traffic stops.
I suggest you look at this website that tells you more about your rights when interacting with police officers, and how to record police with your handheld device so that your recording is immediately uploaded and can’t be deleted by police.
The reality is that at any moment, based on random chance, police greed, a skunky smell, a Grateful Dead bumper sticker, a defective tail light, or just terribly bad luck…police swoop down on marijuana transporters, and create yet another victim of the drug war.
Do your best to make sure you don’t become a highway victim of the war on marijuana!