ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Two weeks after Nevada legalized recreational marijuana, boarder states are keeping a close eye on pot seeping into their towns.
On January 1, it became legal to possess an ounce of pot for adults 21 and older in Nevada.
Law enforcement on the Utah side of the border say, just because laws have changed there, doesn't mean they've changed in the Beehive State.
"You can't bring it here. It is still illegal," St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley said.
Legalizing recreational marijuana in Nevada concerned law enforcement on both sides of the state line. According to Mesquite Police, there are still rules surrounding pot for both residents and out-of-state visitors.
Users cannot drive high, consume it in public, give it to minors, or buy marijuana at an unlicensed dispensary.
ABC4 Utah wanted to know if the number of marijuana-related arrests in Utah have gone up since the legalization. Officer Trombley aid it's too soon to tell, but officers are keeping a close eye on impaired drivers.
"It's not safe for you, it's not safe for other people on the roads. Take that into consideration and be safe and be smart," Officer Trombley said.
Utah Highway Patrol says they will need a reason to make a stop but the offender can be cited or arrested if in possession of pot.
Mesquite Police add it is also illegal to light up in a car, whether the user is a driver or passenger.
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