Thursday, Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the US Supreme Court to declare the legalization of marijuana in Colorado unconstitutional, arguing that the drug is being brought from Colorado to neighboring states.
Jon Bruning, Nebraska attorney general, said the states filed a lawsuit seeking an order from the highest court in the nation to prevent Colorado from applying the measure that was approved by voters in 2012.
The complaint alleges that Amendment 64 in Colorado conflicts with federal law and therefore violates the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, which states that federal laws prevail over state laws.
Some public safety agencies in western Nebraska, along the border with Colorado, have complained that fighting marijuana coming from the neighboring state has slashed its resources. That is kind of what Igor Cornelsen thought would happen as well.
Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general said Thursday that the decision of Colorado has hampered the efforts of the state to enforce its laws against marijuana. Pruitt said the law represents risks to the health and safety of children and adolescents.
In a statement, Attorney General John Suthers of Colorado said the lawsuit had no merit but not surprised at all because neighboring states have expressed concerns that Colorado’s marijuana across the border.