Neighboring States Suing Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

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Republicans’ commitment to States’ Rights took an interesting turn on Thursday when Republican Attorneys General from Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the state of Colorado for legalizing marijuana. E. Scott Pruitt (R-OK) and Jon Bruning (R-NE) filed a joint lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court alleging that Colorado’s law injures the ability of neighboring states to enforce their laws against marijuana.

However, Colorado’s Republican Attorney General, John Suthers, has declared his intent to vigorously defend the law. In a statement, Suthers proclaimed:

Because neighboring states have expressed concern about Colorado-grown marijuana coming into their states, we are not entirely surprised by this action. 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.

The conflict between the states pits the libertarian wing of the GOP against the authoritarian wing of the party. Rather than acknowledge the failure of the drug war, the Attorney Generals of Nebraska and Oklahoma are hell-bent on prosecuting recreational pot smokers. Now they can scapegoat Colorado for the failure of their own states reactionary anti-marijuana policies.

The voters of Colorado voted to legalize marijuana. Oklahoma and Nebraska may not agree with that decision, but the law does not apply to their states. Colorado should not need the approval of their neighbors to pass state laws. States Rights Republicans should defend Colorado’s right to pass its own laws. If they do not, they will reveal themselves as simple opportunists, who value States Rights only when a state makes a conservative decision. If the Supreme Court decides to hear the case, they should rule in favor of Colorado and argue that its neighbors have no authority to repeal Colorado state law.


16 Replies to “Neighboring States Suing Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization”

  1. But I thought red states were the ones who support states’ rights and want limited federal involvement?

    I guess that only applies if it benefits the 1%ers.

  2. I cant wait for our residents libertarians to explain this. But then again I don’t expect them to chime in because they are cowards

  3. Gee!

    GOP: Liberty! States Rights! Smaller Government!

    Except when you do something we personally dislike.

  4. …Colorado’s law injures the ability of neighboring states to enforce their laws.

    Oh. OK. Let’s see you sell it now.

  5. Are they suing Texas, Arizona, and most of the gulf states for allowing drugs from S.A. to come across their borders? Any state that allows drug traffic “harms” ineffectual law enforcement. The lack of any reasoning in this is amazing. Only in Amurrica.

  6. If the neighboring state IS allowed – then the State of New York should file against their neighboring states having LAX gun control laws?

    Could very well be an interesting can of worms.

  7. Do the states bordering Nevada intend to sue because legalized prostitution there makes it harder for them to enforce their sex-crime laws? Stop with the attempted legislating of morality, remove the boulders from your eyes, all of you self-righteous hypocrites, and remove the stick from your ass.

  8. Umm dear Attorneys General.
    Please tell me that this nation is a Democracy with elections. Please tell me that this is a nation that strives to be of the people by the people and for the people.
    Your moves appear to be statist and authoritarian. Seriously, do, or should government officials of one state get to override, or invalidate election outcomes of neighboring states?
    I strive to maintain polite and respectful demeanor when I comment online.
    Not this time. It is rant time.
    You fucking elitist, authoritarian, anti-democratic bastards! I would guess that you label Mr Obama as some sort of dictator even as you do this. Despicable hypocrites!

  9. ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ state border checks to make sure women aren’t fleeing the state to exercise their constitutional rights?

  10. Being right next door to Colorado, I’m surprised Redder-Than-Hell Kansas didn’t participate in this “Joint” Lawsuit. Maybe there’s hope for us yet.

  11. There’s always time. Doubtful the court will waste their time on this one. There’s no religious benefit to be gained.

  12. if the tobacco idiots had half a brain they would jump on this bandwagon……tobacco is dead….pot has multiple income streams.

    what is wrong with these people? their agenda to destroy pot hasn’t worked, tobacco sucks and doesn’t give you a buzz…..catch a clue.

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