Considering the fact that Colorado’s state revenues are projected to increase a total of more than $300 million in 2014 off of legal recreational sales of marijuana, it’s not surprising that other states would want a chunk of that cash. While some states decided to get a chunk of it by doing the logical thing and legalizing recreational marijuana, Oklahoma and Nebraska have taken a different approach.
These two states are now suing Colorado stating that Colorado’s recreational marijuana amendment, Amendment 64, is in direct violation of federal law. The plaintiffs have now taken it upon themselves to blame Colorado’s legal adult sales of cannabis for the costs associated with their own increases in marijuana arrests, for which they cited no actual figures.
There is obvious backlash from those involved in the marijuana space, but Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers is not entirely surprised by this lawsuit. It also appears that he does not believe the claims to have much merit. He stated, “…It appears the plaintiffs’ primary grievance stems from non-enforcement of federal laws regarding marijuana, as opposed to choices made by the voters of Colorado.”
The relatively unshaken response from Colorado representatives has not stopped Oklahoma and Nebraska from pushing other non-legal states to get in on the lawsuit. Luckily for Colorado, there are allies for their cause as well. Washington State’s Attorney General has chosen to firmly support Colorado in this situation. He, like Suthers’, main goal here is to protect the voters and law-abiding citizens of their respective states. It’s certainly nice to have any ally, and hopefully more will speak up as the situation unfolds further.