Man arrested with marijuana wrapped up like Christmas presents

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By Keri Lumm, Buzz60

If you want to make Snoop Dogg's Christmas perfect, one would think marijuana would be a great gift.

And while marijuana has been legalized in California and several other states, it's still illegal in most states, even gift wrapped. And bringing marijuana into a state where the drug is illegal, can lead to an arrest.

Daniel Yates, a 31-year-old man from California, was pulled over by Ohio State Highway Patrol for following another vehicle too closely on the interstate.

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Marijuana legalization laws by state

Alabama: Medical use only, otherwise possession is a felony

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Alaska: Marijuana legalized for medical and recreational use 

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Arizona: Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Arkansas: Medical use only

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California: Legal for medical and recreational use

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Colorado: Legal for medical and recreational use  

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Connecticut: Decriminalized and legalized for medical use 

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Delaware: Decriminalized

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Florida: Medical use only

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Georgia: Medical use only

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Hawaii: Medical use only

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Idaho: Not legal

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Illinois: Decriminalized

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Indiana: Not legal

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Iowa: Medical use only

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Kansas: Not legal

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Kentucky: Not legal

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Louisiana: Medical use only

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Maine: Legal for medical and recreational use

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Maryland: Decriminalized

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Massachusetts: Legal

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Michigan: Medical use only

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Minnesota: Decriminalized

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Mississippi: Decriminalized on first offense

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Missouri: Not legal

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Montana: Medical use only

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Nebraska: Decriminalized on first offense only

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Nevada: Legal

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New Hampshire: Medical use only

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New Jersey: Medical use only

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New Mexico: Medical use only

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New York: Decriminalized unless in public view

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North Carolina: Decriminalized

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North Dakota: Medical use only

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Ohio: Decriminalized

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Oklahoma: Medical use only

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Oregon: Legal for medical and recreational use

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Pennsylvania: Medical use only

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Rhode Island: Decriminalized

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South Carolina: Not legal

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South Dakota: Not legal

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Tennessee: Medical use only

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Texas: Medical use only, decriminalized in Houston and Dallas

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Utah: Not legal 

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Vermont: Decriminalized

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Virginia: Not legal

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Washington: Legal for medical and recreational use

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West Virginia: Not legal 

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Wisconsin: Medical use only

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Wyoming: Not legal 

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When cops went to his car, they say Yates was acting suspiciously, and a drug-sniffing dog confirmed that the Christmas packages in the back of his SUV were not toys for tots.

The packages contained lots of marijuana, according to authorities. The total estimated by officers was $330,000 worth of marijuana in the form of pills, hash wax oil, and traditional weed.

Yates was charged with possession and trafficking of drugs and could face up to 16 years in prison and a 30,000 dollar fine.

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