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Medical Marijuana Legal in Illinois, Iowa Says Don't Bring Across Border

Updated: Aug 1, 2013 09:52 PM

While law enforcement agencies across Illinois tell us the medical marijuana law is still new and they are still working out exactly how they'll enforce it, Iowa officers and prosecutors say it's simple. You have to know the law in the state you are in. And in Iowa, marijuana is illegal.

And they say they will enforce that law, whether you break it on purpose or just forget and cross a bridge with marijuana in your car or your system. "They might forget and it won't be forgiveness," Davenport Police Major Don Schaeffer tells us. "The law is the law in Iowa and we have to abide by that." It's something officers have continued to do as more and more states legalize medical marijuana.

And something prosecutors say the will continue to enforce, expecting to see the problem grow. Scott County Attorney Mike Walton says, "I suspect you are making marijuana easier to obtain, and that tends to permeate into other states. So now we have a state closer to us that it's gonna be easier to obtain, I suspect that will increase possession of marijuana, certainly in the Quad Cities."

And if you are caught with it, you probably wont see jail time. But you could face a hefty fine. up to 62-hundred dollars depending on the offense, along with a conviction on your record.

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