States that border the weed legal state are complaining about their new cash crop spilling over into their jurisdiction
Oklahoma and Nebraska, two neighboring states to Colorado, filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against Colorado’s law legalizing recreational marijuana, contending that it violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
The original action filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, is the first of its kind since Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 in 2012. Recreational marijuana use and sales for adults 21 and over is now competing with the tobacco industry, since weed is now available from dispensaries to vending machines in the state. It has grossed over $7 million in taxes for the upcoming year. So if money is being made what is the issue? Surrounding states argue that the problem occurs when it crosses state lines. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said,
“Colorado has created a system that legalizes, promotes and facilitates distribution of marijuana. The illegal products of this system are heavily trafficked into neighboring states, causing an unnecessary burden on the state of Nebraska. Colorado has undermined the United States Constitution, and I hope the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold our constitutional principles.”
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