Attorney General’s Office of Colorado asked the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss the frivolous lawsuits filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma. The suits tend that Colorado’s marijuana legalization has caused increase in crime in their states. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman wrote in a brief filed with the high court that the lawsuit’s aim to stop Colorado from regulating its recreational marijuana industry is a “dangerous” move that would leave “legalization intact” while neutering the state’s ability to police businesses. The court should dismiss the lawsuit, Coffman said.
The Attorney Generals from Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit back in Dec 2014 alleging that Colorado’s marijuana laws has caused a significant spike in marijuana related crimes.
The states seek to overturn Colorado’s voter-approved marijuana law, arguing that federal law should take precedence over state law. Because marijuana remains illegal under federal law, Colorado’s legalization is unconstitutional, the suit contends.
Washington state Attorney General Robert Ferguson and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum jointly filed a “friend of the court” brief on Friday in support of Colorado, urging the court to reject the challenge. Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana the same year as Colorado, 2012. Oregon voters approved a similar measure in 2014, along with voters in Alaska and Washington, D.C.
“I am disappointed that Nebraska and Oklahoma took this step to interfere with Colorado’s popularly enacted initiative to legalize marijuana,” Ferguson said in a statement. “I filed this brief to protect Washington’s interests and the will of Washington’s voters from interference by other states.”
The law suit is one of four that has targeted against Colorado. Recently sheriffs from Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas filed lawsuits claiming, “crisis of conscience” in their department due to conflicting Federal and State Laws.
Nebraska and Oklahoma has two weeks to respond to Colorado’s filings.