Colorado is Now Being Sued by a Third Group Over Legalization Because Why the Hell NotRebecca KelleyMarch 5, 2015
Three, oh, is a magic number, especially if you're Colorado and prone to lawsuits over your state's historic legalization of recreational cannabis. In December, Nebraska and Oklahoma revealed that they were suing Colorado because they felt that legalization has resulted in an increase of cannabis being transported into their states (never mind the fact that Nebraska is suing Colorado while simultaneously trying to legalize medical marijuana for their state). Next, a Washington, D.C.-based group called Safe Streets Alliance is also suing Colorado on behalf of those "who have been injured by the commercial marijuana industry in Colorado" (just overlook their original press release announcing the lawsuit spelled "marijuana" incorrectly as "marajuana").
Now a third group is suing Colorado for having the cojones to be the first state to implement a successful legal retail cannabis program. The lawsuit, which was filed today by a group of sheriffs and prosecutors from Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado itself, is built upon two claims:
- The group from Colorado asserts that the law forces them to choose between the state and federal constitutions
- The group outside of Colorado feels that legalization is placing an "undue burden" on surrounding states
Good grief. If anyone else is interested in suing Colorado, I think I saw a Groupon deal where you can file two lawsuits for the price of one.