Anti-Pot Group Says Lawsuit Will Challenge CO Law
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Anti-Pot Group Says Lawsuit Will Challenge CO Law
Posted by CN Staff on February 19, 2015 at 06:38:21 PT
By Daniel Wallis
Source: Reuters
Denver -- Opponents of Colorado's marijuana legalization are expected to file a federal lawsuit on Thursday that will seek to shut down the state's new industry and which they say will accuse participants of violating racketeering laws.Voters in Colorado chose to legalize the use of recreational marijuana by adults in a landmark 2012 ballot, even as the drug remains federally outlawed. Washington state has also legalized recreational pot, while Alaska and Oregon are following suit.
But the Safe Streets Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based group which describes itself as a national non-profit aimed at reducing youth drug use and violent crime, said its lawsuit will allege that state and local officials in Colorado are violating federal law by promoting the commercialization of marijuana."Safe Streets is asking the federal courts to order Colorado officials to comply with federal law and stop issuing state licenses to deal illegal drugs," it said in an online statement.The group called for testimony from individuals who feel that they, their relatives, properties or businesses have been hurt by the marijuana industry, and said federal racketeering laws give plaintiffs injured by a commercial drug conspiracy the right to an injunction, treble damages, and attorney's fees.It said it was also suing "several prominent participants" in Colorado's pot industry, but did not provide details.In December, Colorado vowed to defend its recreational marijuana laws after they were challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court by neighboring Nebraska and Oklahoma amid complaints its weed was being smuggled across their borders.While marijuana is classified as an illegal narcotic under federal law, President Barack Obama's administration has given individual states leeway to frame their own rules about its possession and sale.Supporters of legalization in Colorado said voters made their preference for licensed, regulated marijuana businesses clear at the ballot box, and warned the new lawsuit would only risk driving the trade back into the hands of gangs."Hundreds of millions of dollars in marijuana sales that were previously taking place in a dangerous underground market are now being conducted safely," Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, the largest U.S. pro-pot policy organization, said in a statement."It's hard to imagine why anyone would prefer marijuana be controlled by criminals instead of by tightly regulated businesses. If drug cartels relied on litigation instead of violence, this is the lawsuit they would file."Editing by Eric WalshSource: Reuters (Wire)Author: Daniel WallisPublished: February 19, 2015Copyright: 2015 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on February 19, 2015 at 14:15:47 PT
Cannabis prohibitionists are PRO BLACK MARKET
I don't want to take up too much time but wish to point out some clear ignorance."Safe Streets Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based group which describes itself as a national non-profit aimed at reducing youth drug use and violent crime, said its lawsuit will allege that state and local officials in Colorado are violating federal law by promoting the commercialization of marijuana."I'm hoping they mean well but I have doubts they're intelligent enough to see clearly what they heck their doing. -They literally thrive to exterminate what God created and said is good, FOR CHRIST'S SAKES!!!The cannabis prohibition group mentioned couldn't be interested in reducing youth drug and crime. What Colorado is doing is changing WHO IS REGULATING CANNABIS.  PLAIN AND SIMPLE.In the past, cannabis was regulated by the black market, INCLUDEING YOUTH, now it's regulated by government regulated stores which helps keep it away from kids. -There's still some black market activity... but the more cannabis is regulated the less BM there is.Do they really want to continue leading youth toward joining the BLACK MARKET economy? Pot is HERE. It's HERE and the prime source for youth to acquire the plant is THROUGH THE BM. The aforementioned cannabis prohibitionists come out of this looking like they are PRO BLACK MARKET. Pro BM.In the past, nearly every poll indicated youth has an easier time getting cannabis than cig's or booze. The cannabis prohibitionists are responsible for that! God put cannabis here and God sure seems to make sure it stays here, even after all the Luciferous deeds the United States federal government has done to exterminate the plant.Cannabis prohibitionists meet the criteria describing terrorist groups. They empower the Black Market. Cage responsible adults. Break up families, Kill and maim citizens for using a God-given plant. Why are they allowed to run around free, harming citizens? 
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Comment #2 posted by TecHnoCult on February 19, 2015 at 10:33:08 PT
It is hardly surprising, yet I am still amazed.Assuming they lose this lawsuit, this will backfire on them. This will legitimize the business and encourage the remaining 44 states to follow suit.
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on February 19, 2015 at 09:22:33 PT
Tee hee!
I am amussed! I bet $10 to a doughnut, that these are the same shallow minded politicos that still praise W. Bush?Just when you think they could not be any dumber they drain a little more out of the pool!
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