Nebraska, Oklahoma Sue Colorado Over Legalized Pot

Oklahoma and Nebraska are suing Colorado over legalizing marijuana

Colorado’s neighbors are not happy about marijuana legalization.

The attorneys general of Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a lawsuit on Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that Colorado’s commercialized marijuana system violates the constitution.

“Oklahoma and states surrounding Colorado are being impacted by Colorado’s decision to legalize and promote the commercialization of marijuana which has injured Oklahoma’s ability to enforce our state’s policies against marijuana,” Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said in a statement on Thursday, referring to Colorado’s Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana in that state.

In the lawsuit, the states argue that Colorado’s law violates the supremacy clause of the Constitution, which states that federal laws takes precedence over state law.

“In passing and enforcing Amendment 64, the State of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system enacted by the United States Congress,” they write in the suit. “Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining Plaintiff States’ own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems.”

Law enforcement along Colorado’s border have long voiced concerns over the impact that legalization will have for them, as The Post reported in July:

[I]n Scotts Bluff County, Neb., Sheriff Mark Overman says Colorado is exporting trouble to its neighbors. “They’re promoting marijuana tourism,” he said. “The message is: Come to Colorado, smoke the marijuana. Then people bring some home. We don’t go after it — we don’t have anybody sitting on the border — but this Colorado marijuana is very potent, very aromatic, and we often trip over it if somebody’s speeding and we pull them over.”

In a statement, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers vowed to defend the state’s law.

“Because neighboring states have expressed concern about Colorado-grown marijuana coming into their states, we are not entirely surprised by this action,” he said. “However, it appears the plaintiffs’ primary grievance stems from non-enforcement of federal laws regarding marijuana, as opposed to choices made by the voters of Colorado. We believe this suit is without merit and we will vigorously defend against it in the U.S. Supreme Court.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/12/18/oklahoma-and-nebraska-are-suing-colorado-over-legalizing-marijuana/

Oklahoma and Nebraska are fucking faggots

So conservative states are all about states' rights and small federal government...until another state passes legislation with which they don't agree. Then they turn to federal law for relief.

SMH! Phone Post 3.0

Kmonk - So conservative states are all about states' rights and small federal government...until another state passes legislation with which they don't agree. Then they turn to federal law for relief.


Their argument is that their neighboring state's action is negatively impacting their state, not that they disagree with it.

logic672 - Oklahoma and Nebraska are fucking faggots
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RockTheVote - Why don't they vote to enforce stricter border control? If they put a fence between their states the illegal Colorado pot would probably stop coming through. Phone Post 3.0
Because that in itself is unconstitutional Phone Post 3.0

Fuck you Oklahoma and Nebraska

 

Kmonk - So conservative states are all about states' rights and small federal government...until another state passes legislation with which they don't agree. Then they turn to federal law for relief.
Yep, one of the most obvious of political hypocrisy. Phone Post 3.0

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RockTheVote - Why don't they vote to enforce stricter border control? If they put a fence between their states the illegal Colorado pot would probably stop coming through. Phone Post 3.0
Because that in itself is unconstitutional Phone Post 3.0

That is untrue. California has aggressive enforcement at the borders to prevent entry of out-of-state agricultural products. This seems like a close analogy.

Kmonk - 
reversal06 - 
RockTheVote - Why don't they vote to enforce stricter border control? If they put a fence between their states the illegal Colorado pot would probably stop coming through. Phone Post 3.0
Because that in itself is unconstitutional Phone Post 3.0

That is untrue. California has aggressive enforcement at the borders to prevent entry of out-of-state agricultural products. This seems like a close analogy.


Which borders does CA agressively enforce?

rufus - 
Kmonk - 
reversal06 - 
RockTheVote - Why don't they vote to enforce stricter border control? If they put a fence between their states the illegal Colorado pot would probably stop coming through. Phone Post 3.0
Because that in itself is unconstitutional Phone Post 3.0

That is untrue. California has aggressive enforcement at the borders to prevent entry of out-of-state agricultural products. This seems like a close analogy.


Which borders does CA agressively enforce?


I was referencing Oregon specifically, but this applies to Nevada and the ports as well.

rufus - 
Kmonk - So conservative states are all about states' rights and small federal government...until another state passes legislation with which they don't agree. Then they turn to federal law for relief.


Their argument is that their neighboring state's action is negatively impacting their state, not that they disagree with it.


Fair enough- I oversimplified the issue. However, my point stands- they (NE and OK) have a concern with a change in another state's laws, and their first response was to sue for enforcement of federal law.

they actually might win - there was a case where the busted a chick for legal growing in cali because it had potential to be sold else where..the commerce clause strikes again

Kmonk - 
rufus - 
Kmonk - 
reversal06 - 
RockTheVote - Why don't they vote to enforce stricter border control? If they put a fence between their states the illegal Colorado pot would probably stop coming through. Phone Post 3.0
Because that in itself is unconstitutional Phone Post 3.0

That is untrue. California has aggressive enforcement at the borders to prevent entry of out-of-state agricultural products. This seems like a close analogy.


Which borders does CA agressively enforce?


I was referencing Oregon specifically, but this applies to Nevada and the ports as well.

it isnt too aggressive. they just ask some vehicles, not all. and they are concerned with the "med fly" coming in

logic672
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Oklahoma and Nebraska are fucking faggots Phone Post 3.0

Kmonk -
reversal06 - 
RockTheVote - Why don't they vote to enforce stricter border control? If they put a fence between their states the illegal Colorado pot would probably stop coming through. Phone Post 3.0
Because that in itself is unconstitutional Phone Post 3.0

That is untrue. California has aggressive enforcement at the borders to prevent entry of out-of-state agricultural products. This seems like a close analogy.
I disagree based on Freedom of Movement to ingress/egress to/from states.

But my understanding is totally based on Wikipedia ;) Phone Post 3.0