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  Oklahoma and Nebraska Sue Colorado 

Posted by CN Staff on December 20, 2014 at 10:50:10 PT
By Kory Grow 
Source: Rolling Stone 

Colorado -- Oklahoma and Nebraska have filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to deem Colorado's marijuana laws unconstitutional, The Denver Post reports. The states, which border Colorado, claim in the suit that their neighbor's recreational pot policy is "draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice system." Because recreational weed is not legal in Nebraska and Oklahoma – and those states must abide by federal law, which also prohibits it – the they want Colorado's policy overturned. They are not seeking financial damages."The State of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system," the lawsuit – which Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed Thursday – alleges. "Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining [our states'] own marijuana bans."
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said that the lawsuit was "without merit" in a statement. "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."Bob Ferguson, the attorney general of Washington State – which has marijuana laws similar to Colorado's – has said he would support the Centennial State if need be. With regard to his own state, he said it would "vigorously oppose any effort by other states to interfere with the will of Washington voters."Seven states border Colorado, and Nebraska's Brunning has said he invited them to join his lawsuit. Kansas' attorney general office told the Post that the state was assessing its options.The two states that did file the lawsuit say that Colorado violated the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution when it allowed voters to pass a law that conflicted with federal marijuana prohibition. They also claim that the state has not been active in keeping marijuana from crossing its borders. They're also upset that Colorado does not perform background checks on people who purchase pot and that it does not track those who do make purchases.Currently, Colorado's recreational marijuana retailers can sell up to an ounce of pot to state residents with ID who are over age 21. Adults with out-of-state ID may buy up to a quarter of an ounce. The Post reports that retailers have made more than $300 million in pot sales in 2014 alone."This contraband has been heavily trafficked into our state," Bruning said at a press conference, according to "While Colorado reaps millions from the production and sale of pot, Nebraska taxpayers have to bear the cost."Nebraska police made more than 7,600 marijuana possession arrests in 2013, reports, which is nearly 500 more than in 2000."Federal law classifies marijuana as an illegal drug," Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said in a statement, according to "The health and safety risks posed by marijuana, especially to children and teens, are well documented."Both states claim they have had to rely on taxpayer money to cover possession-related arrests, vehicle impoundments, seizure of contraband and transfer of prisoners. These grievances, they claim, have caused "irreparable injury." The suit did not cite specific numbers.Earlier this month, Congress passed a spending measure that prevents the federal government from interfering with state laws regarding medical marijuana. Oklahoma and Nebraska's suit would not be affected by this legislation since it is targeting only Colorado's recreational use laws.Source: Rolling Stone (US)Author:  Kory GrowPublished: December 19, 2014Copyright: 2014 Straight Arrow Publishers Company, L.P.Contact: letters rollingstone.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #13 posted by jetblackchemist on December 28, 2014 at 02:55:39 PT
Hmm Obama distracted?
I seem to recall Obama and Eric Holder asking the state attorney generals to stand down with prosecutions. So what do these two AG's think they are doing, going against their bosses standing orders? If they threw a ballot in their states right now for legalization, they'd pass. So who are these AG's working for?.. and are they hoping; Obama, and Holder are too wrapped up, in civil rights issues to notice? Looks like a: "sneak a shot over the bow" and hope instead of missing... it hits with the help of other; corrupt state officials, and agencies.If a political elect... or appointed official, can not obey the will of the people,(not corporations made into people by a corrupt unconstitutional law.)that they are supposed to represent? Then, they do not work for the people, and have gone rogue. Who and whatever agenda, they are representing; IS NOT the will of; those, they are lawfully sworn to represent: The People. In not representing the will of the people; and ignoring orders from Obama and Holder... but instead the will of another agency or entity,(what a corporation really is) these rogue representatives, are committing an act of treason. By law; the penalty for treason is; death... at the very least, these traitors should be; removed from office, and placed in state prison... in the very state, they refused to represent the will of: The People, in. 
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Comment #12 posted by rchandar on December 23, 2014 at 16:04:58 PT:
It's kind of a fake discussion. My legalizing MJ doesn't really stop you from enforcing the law in your state.Big busts are the name of the game in cross - country trafficking. Nebraska and Oklahoma are large enough to either increase enforcement or change the law. Not that these particular states ever got along.
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Comment #11 posted by The GCW on December 22, 2014 at 15:30:39 PT
Thanks for that link.When children have those types of seizures they're well documented. They're not a false claim... And when children get relief from cannabis it is also documented, it's not a false claim.I can not imagine having grand mal seizures or having a child go through several every day.Then after not getting relief from pharm drugs, finding that PROHIBITED, God-given cannabis helps like a God-given miracle, I'd be FURIOS TOO. !That leaders in places like Oklahoma would prohibit someone from using cannabis for a severe illness and cage a child's parents for seeking relief.... IS ALSO WELL DOCUMENTED.-0-*The leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations. -The very last page of the Bible.-0-Cannabis. It's one of the awesome things Our Father has given Us to be grateful for.Those who would prohibit people from using that miraculous plant don't know what their doing.
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Comment #10 posted by PatrioticDissension on December 22, 2014 at 14:50:55 PT
“It’s beyond infuriating,” 
“It’s beyond infuriating,” Oklahoma mother furious about legalization lawsuit
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Comment #9 posted by Garry Minor on December 22, 2014 at 04:59:18 PT:
GCW # 1
You said;"Nebraska and Oklahoma by comparison are sickening, with sickening leaders, who strive to cage responsible adult humans for using what God created and said is good ON LITERALLY THE VERY 1ST PAGE OF THE BIBLE."Let's not forget, as you're aware, that there are 250 shekels, over six lbs, of "Kaneh Bosm, Cannabis" in the Holy Anointing Oil, Chrism that God instructed Moses to prepare for anointing His priests, kings, prophets, and, ......... as it turns out, His Anointed Ones, Christians?True is True!The Hebrew word Kaneh Bosm - קְנֵה-בֹשֶׂם was mistranslated as calamus or fragrant cane by the Greeks in the 3rd century BC, then propagated as such in all future translations from the Greek without review as Hebrew ceased to be a spoken language, not again revived until the mid 1800's!Sula Benet: Early Diffusion and Folk Uses of Hemp, Christ and The Word of God is water in water, there is Fire in Chrism.Kaneh Bosm: the Word that can change the world!Best wishes all!Merry Chrism-mas
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Comment #8 posted by schmeff on December 21, 2014 at 16:19:24 PT
Costs of Enforcement?
Knowing that the major interstate highway running through Nebraska is a major east-west supply corridor for Cali weed, the local LEO's prey on out-of-state drivers like junkies jonesing for a fix. Under the guise of 'safety checks', these predators shake down motorists trolling for drugs, and just as importantly, undocumented cash. They go to classes training them how to profile and seize. They confiscate any large quantities of cash of course, it's up to the poor victim to try to get it back in a game show called "The Justice System". Usually, they split the spoils, Mafia-style, with other Drug War pirates.If it's really such an onerously expensive effort to confiscate all this cash and contraband and keep it, it seems they could just not bother. Given the culture of Nebraska, it's likely the majority of contraband is just passing through. Which would mean Nebraska is minimally harmed. In fact, the State of Nebraska earns gas taxes and fast food dollars from pot tourists similarly "just passin' through". Folks who otherwise couldn't imagine a reason in hell to be there.
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Comment #7 posted by Oleg the Tumor on December 21, 2014 at 11:44:24 PT
May we see how the evidence was packaged?
"This contraband has been heavily trafficked into our state," Bruning said at a press conference, according to "While Colorado reaps millions from the production and sale of pot, Nebraska taxpayers have to bear the cost."Cannabis from the "Free Colorado Model" would be professionally packaged, clearly labeled and why not?Where there is demand-there is supply.The only difference regulation can effect is the price.The ignoids would rather see a ballot measure to stop all further balloting, as no further correction to THE LAW OF THE LAND is necessary. If only they would be that honest and put it that clearly.FREE THE PRISONER OF SCHEDULE ONE!
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Comment #6 posted by John Tyler on December 21, 2014 at 09:18:53 PT
the war on cannabis is lost
People have been going from state to state to get stuff that wasn’t available or more expensive in their state, since the beginning of US history. It has been one thing or another from slaves, to cheap labor, to banned reading material and movies, to alcoholic beverages, to tobacco, to lottery tickets, to guns, and now to cannabis. Whining to the Supreme Court is not going to change anything. If you will allow me to paraphrase… the arch of history is bending toward cannabis re-legalization. The wise politicians will know this. They should either support cannabis or at least not stand in the way, or they will be unemployed politicians. Their war on cannabis is lost. The prohibitionists just don’t realize it yet. If I may kind of quote from Willie Nelson’s song “Little Dealer Boy”Like the child in this mangerThis herb is mild, yet it is strongIt brings peace to friend and strangerGood will to man lies in this bongAnd the wise men started smokingAnd yea the bud was kindIt was salvation they were tokingAnd its forgiveness blew their mindThat is song writing with a meaning, isn’t it?
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on December 21, 2014 at 07:11:59 PT
The Hopi know.
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on December 20, 2014 at 20:42:07 PT
But hey!
I didn't mean that only Oklahomans are unique. Just that the local Indians say this. When it comes to greed, all of America is based on a regimen of greed. We call it capitalism.
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on December 20, 2014 at 20:18:49 PT

You can pick your nose...
...but you can't pick your relatives and you can't pick your realative's nose!I have as many relatives in Oklahoma as Kennedys in politics. I love them, one on one they are sweet as pie but when it comes to religion or politics they're an intellectual trainwreck! They actually laugh at my Yanky liberal notions. They think I am the problem with America. I don't watch foot ball, I drink non-alcoholic beer when I drink beer. I don' believe in a great bearded man on a throne in the sky who knows me by my first name. My first mode of transportation is not a truck with a gun rack and speakers the size oil drums blasting christian rock and beer ads! Oklahomans have a disease that impairs their ability to decipher reality from superstition. The local Indians call it "The White Man's disease". Christians call it gluttony. It blinds you and twist your thinking. It is a bad disease and the symptoms are well demonstrated in Martin Scorsese's film "Koyaanisqatsi". A must see film.

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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on December 20, 2014 at 17:31:23 PT

Proud of Colorado
I live in Colorado.Not just Colorado, I live in the high mountains. Over 9,100' high, high.Summit County.I love it here. It's a little closer to heaven.Several rungs down the ladder as far as states go, are states like Nebraska and Oklahoma. Near the bottom. And morons and ignoids, like the leaders of those lower rung states, are often part of the reason why Colorado is way ahead. I normally refrain from using the word, proud. But I'm proud to be a Colorado resident.Nebraska and Oklahoma by comparison are sickening, with sickening leaders, who strive to cage responsible adult humans for using what God created and said is good ON LITERALLY THE VERY 1ST PAGE OF THE BIBLE. 
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