I’m not going to explain how states’ rights need to be more uniform across the country, but there comes a point.

By the end of the year, New York state will allow people who are not legal residents to apply for a driver’s license and can use a valid passport to verify their identification.

I’ll give the passport its credit. But that’s as far as I will go with the entire issue.

When I moved to Clarinda from Colorado and applied for an Iowa driver’s license I had to provide multiple forms of identification to prove my identity.

The kicker was my identity and previous Iowa license issued in Henry County four years prior was still in the system but it wasn’t enough.

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Starting Jan 1, 2020, our neighbor to the east will begin recreational marijuana use.

Illinois will be the 11th state in the country to allow recreational use. Residents will be able to possess one ounce and non-residents can purchase. Those who purchase must be at least 21 and can buy it from approved merchants.

Of course, the state’s governor is also looking at this financially as it is estimated to generate at least $800 million a year in tax revenues, according to his research.

A year ago, James Uhlenkamp, running against Cecil Dolecheck for a state house seat, said during a campaign rally in Shenandoah he would consider approving recreational marijuana in Iowa. His comment continued how Colorado, which started allowing it in 2014, hasn’t had the expected problems.

I’m not so sure about that because I’m not sure how we can quantify and track problems distinctly connected to legalized marijuana possession and use.

In 2017 The Denver Post revealed Colorado had experienced a 145% growth in the number of fatal crashes involving marijuana-impaired drivers from 2013 to 2016.

The additional cases cannot specifically be linked to the legalization of marijuana, it reports that the number of marijuana-impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes has more than doubled since 2013. That was the year before Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use.

Some Nebraska counties that border Colorado have had their sheriff department and court system budgets be used up before the end of the fiscal year. People who had been to Colorado, purchased marijuana and left the state were apprehended after traffic stops and the evidence was clear.

Colorado’s marijuana influence even impacts the highway. Many of those in support of legal marijuana have used April 20 as a day to celebrate. The April 20 date is loosely connected to the Grateful Dead band.

Highway mile marker 420 on Interstate 70 in Colorado has been stolen multiple times. The state then switched that sign to read 419.9. The new marker isn’t as popular.

If Colorado is any indication, my fear is what could happen to Iowa because of Illinois’ decisions.

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