Oklahoma and Nebraska Marijuana Sales in Colorado are Against Foreign Laws, So Stop it!

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It is interesting how Republicans are all state’s rights and big government keep your hands off – until a state does something they don’t like. Like Colorado’s marijuana law, which is one of four states to allow regulated production and sale of marijuana to adults.

Nebraska and Oklahoma – both red states – don’t like that. And they want the Supreme Court to do something about it. Whatever happened to the Tenth Amendment? What ever happened to that oppressive federal government meddling where it doesn’t belong?

Throw all that out the window and drive the bus over it. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt say pot is crossing the state line (their state lines) and that their states are suffering “irreparable injury.” They are suing Colorado.

In other words, they have to spend time arresting people for something that’s legal in another state. They say Sections 16(4) and (5) of Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution (the supremacy clause of the Constitution) don’t stand up before federal law –

Wait! They said that? Hold on now…Gosh, I wonder how they’d feel if we were talking about guns instead of marijuana, or the First Amendment?

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said,

[I]t appears the plantiffs’ 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.”

Keep in mind that what pot proponents have been saying all along happened – the state made some $60 million of sales of cannabis, and that what opponents said would happen didn’t happen – in other words, everyone woke up to the same world they had known the day before. Nary a catastrophe to be seen then and none on the horizon now.

It is incredible that the party that talks endlessly about majorities rule suddenly cease to care about majorities at times like this. Some 55 percent of Colorado voters approved Amendment 64’s legalization of the sale of marijuana. Shouldn’t that be good enough?

Not to mention the extremely lax ideology of the GOP. Everything is black and white on the surface, but the second anything happens they don’t like, their morals go topsy-turvy. As Bloomberg points out in this case:

The lawsuit, readable here, is a little shot of cognitive dissonance for anyone who listens to conservative Republicans on other matters. First, most jarringly, it cites America’s agreements with foreign nations as a reason that Colorado’s law can’t stand.

“Through its exclusive Constitutional power to conduct foreign policy,” argue the plaintiffs, “the United States is a party to international treaties and conventions under which it has agreed to control trafficking in drugs and psychotropic substances, such as marijuana.”

Hold on a second! This is the party constantly telling us that we are being enslaved by globalization, that International law is a threat to our sacred constitutional freedoms. And now you’re saying foreign laws trump the rights of American citizens?

The Republican Party might do well to decide what exactly it is for and against. Do states rights triumph? Does federal law triumph? Do foreign laws matter when it comes to U.S. law?

They can’t apply it on a case by case basis, appealing to whichever is more convenient at the moment. This is the party opposed to relativism, and right now, it seems to have a much bigger problem with relativism than Democrats.

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14 Replies to “Oklahoma and Nebraska Marijuana Sales in Colorado are Against Foreign Laws, So Stop it!”

  1. Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt denied thousands of signatures on a marijuana ballot initiative this last election cycle for such egregious acts as using an incorrect size of signature sheets thereby keeping it off the ballot.

    Had the referendum been for banning abortions for everyone except white male Christians (and their mistresses of course) any signature on a sheet of TP, Koch brands receiving extra credit, would have been allowed without question.

    Make no mistake about it, Scott Pruitt is a true believer in the people of the states governing themselves… as long as he agrees – otherwise he literally thinks the peoples’ wishes aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. [wink]

  2. If you check out “The Authoritarians”, by Dr. Robert Altemeyer, you will find this is what authoritarian mentalities do. The follower types completely compartmentalize their thinking. The leader types know this, and, as they are generally sociopaths, will use any sleight-of-logic they can to get the followers to follow. The Double Highs do all of the foregoing and think they have been appointed by Gahd to make everyone do what the Gahd they made in their own image wants, by any means possible. It’s fascinating reading. Dr. Altemeyer’s work is available as a free PDF at his University of Manitoba website.

  3. Are these the same people that are scared the US will sign the UN gun law?

    Republicans are the most uneducated unscrupulous people on earth

  4. Oakie/Nebbie are not going to win; they’re either going to join in or loose more revenues, jobs, drive their citizens to “pot states” for employment.

    The state of AZ, 97.1% of its citizens now has a MM dispensary within 25 miles of their home.

    Each time a citizen applies and is accepted in to the MM program, the state charges $150. filing fee for medical records (Visa/MC only). In the urban areas there are dispensaries apx. 5 miles in any direction. I don’t know how many dispensaries there are in AZ because the AZ Health Dept List is only 6 pages, front and back, so it’s hard to do the daily revenue math on fees alone.

    There are 3 dispensaries in Sheriff Joe’s tawny suburban ‘hood (3/4 high-income retirees). The dispensary that is literally in his back yard has a waiting room par with any well-appointed, posh doctors office (the local interior decorator did a great job–up-lights, leather).

    Trying to sue away legal MM?? Bhahhaha!

  5. You can bet that if Colorado offered to share a percentage of the MM tax dollars this suit would disappear in a New York minute. It’s about money. Always the money.

  6. As a Nebraska resident, I am appalled by Jon Bruning’s actions here. He’s always harping on every penny spent to help the poor, but has no problem at all wasting my hard earned tax dollars suing a state that voted to legalize pot. If you were at the state border smoking a joint and had one foot in Colorado and the other foot in Nebraska, Bruning would probably split you in half, and throw that half of you in jail. He’s a jerk! It’s well past time this nation legalize and tax weed. This would solve many problems on many levels.

  7. Jon Bruning’s misuse of the Prosecutors office has shown him to be a unwise and incompetent politician. His pay offs by the coal companies and other anti-environmentalists . as well as pay off’s to avoid prosecution amounts to graft and taking bribes. He is quite literate in double-speak as a way to cover up his crimes. He also has a problem with out-right lies. when asked about his M.P.A.A. bribes.. His ,for sale to the high’t bidder position in public office shows him to be just another greedy corporate puppet. Also one that uses his office for personal gain. The only reason that he is not under prosecution is because he is the prosecutor.The Board that should have dis-barred him long ago is as incompetent as he is and rubber stamp these incompetents., Jon Bruning is the worse case of official misconduct in the entire United States. How long before justice catches up and why don’t the Boards act to remove him from office. He has violated,many times the trust of his office.

  8. Jon Bruning’s misuse of the Nebraska Prosecutors office has shown him to be a unwise and incompetent politician. His pay offs by the coal companies and other anti-environmentalists . as well as pay off’s to avoid prosecution by his office amounts to graft and taking bribes. He is quite literate in double-speak as a way to cover up his crimes. . His ,for sale to the high’t bidder position in public office shows him to be just another greedy corporate puppet. Also one that uses his office for personal gain. The only reason that he is not under prosecution is because he is the prosecutor.The Board that should have dis-barred him long ago is as incompetent as he is and rubber stamp these improprieties., Jon Bruning is,probably, the worse case of official misconduct in the entire United States. How long before justice catches up and why don’t the Boards act to remove him from office. He has violated,many times the trust of his office and the people of Nebraska and the United States.

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