Police warn of consequences of taking and using marijuana across Indiana border

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Even though marijuana will be legal in Michigan, it's still illegal in Indiana.

That could create some problems if you're planning to use and cross over the border.

Police say they will face legal consequences.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter said he met with all the police chiefs in the county today (Wednesday) on what they will do next.

Their answer? If you're caught with marijuana, you will get arrested.

Behind the Michigan sign, it'll soon be legal to smoke marijuana, but St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter says that won't protect you in Indiana.

“If they get it legally in Michigan and they bring it to Indiana, they will be charged, they will be arrested, they will be convicted for that act,” said Cotter, "It’s a crime in Indiana.”

Sergeant Ted Bohner from Indiana State Police says it won't change much for them.

"We don’t have to rewrite our rule book, we don’t have to rewrite the way we do traffic stops, we don’t have to rewrite just the way we patrol because we have been doing it and we’ll continue to do it,” said Bohner.

Bohner says it's too early to know if it'll change the number of troopers watching the border.

But Cotter says they will be more vigilant for drugged drivers.

“I think without it doubt it’s going to get worse," said Cotter. "In Colorado and Washington, two of the states that have legalized it for over five years, their drugged driving more than doubled.”

He says last year there were 25 fatal crashes from drugged driving in St. Joseph County.

"We are going to have probably at least five more than we had the year before," said Cotter. "That’s five people who will die that wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Cotter says if drivers think they can cross the line and be safe, they're wrong.

“It’s not a safety zone," said Cotter. "If they have committed a crime in St. Joseph County and they go across the border into Michigan, we are able to continue to pursue that person, effectuate the arrest and hold them accountable for the crime that they committed.”

"There aren't going to be any freebies," said Bohner. "There aren't going to be any get-out-of-jail-free cards with this. You’re going to have to keep in mind where you are and what the laws are.”

Cotter says this isn't to control what people do in their private time, but it's to keep people safe.

They're urging people not to take the risk.

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