Yep. That’s the answer to the decision by Nebraska and Oklahoma to ask the Supreme Court to overturn Colorado’s laws legalizing marijuana. Also, “ridiculous,” and “moronic.”
Nebraska and Oklahoma filed the lawsuit directly with the nation’s highest court on Thursday. The two states argue that, “the State of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system.”
“Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining Plaintiff States’ own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems,” the lawsuit states.
Assuming that’s the case, and that those states feel the need to actually do that additional enforcement (which is their choice), it seems that it’s a matter of appealing to the federal government to help defend their border, not a question of overturning state laws.
“Federal law undisputedly prohibits the production and sale of marijuana,” Bruning added in a statement. “Colorado has undermined the United States Constitution, and I hope the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold our constitutional principles.”
Wow. It’s truly remarkable how people like to twist around rights. Apparently Nebraska feels that it has the Constitutional right to determine Colorado’s laws. That’s just facially absurd.
Speaking of facially absurd…
Groups opposed to legalization cheered the lawsuit. Kevin Sabet, a co-founder of the national group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, said legalization of marijuana “is not implemented in a vacuum.”
“Colorado’s decisions regarding marijuana are not without consequences to neighboring states, and indeed all Americans,” Sabet wrote in a statement.
Well, then, I guess all states should be required to charge the exact same tax on cigarettes. And what about alcohol? There are still dry counties – isn’t legalization of alcohol making it more difficult for them? All state gun laws should be the same.
As much as some people would like to have a federal government run everything, that’s not the way our country is structured. And I don’t think the Supreme Court is going to tell a state that they have to get their laws approved by neighboring states.