Oklahoma City | Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has just received another round of pushback from his decision to sue the state of Colorado for legalizing marijuana. Back in December, Attorney Generals from Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a suit against the state of Colorado citing Colorado’s responsibility to keep marijuana leaving the state with out-of-state residents.
This week, Oklahoma protesters gathered outside of Pruitt’s office in protest of his lawsuit. The protesters are upset with Pruitt, a champion of states’ rights, for going back on one of his core beliefs in the suit against Colorado. Chelsea Kennedy, who organized the rally said, “States have the right to govern themselves and Scott Pruitt, while claiming to support the Constitution, is clearly violating it.”
A spokesman for AG Pruitt issued this statement in response to the protest:
“To be clear, the lawsuit filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska does not challenge in any manner or form Colorado’s legalization of marijuana for use and possession in that state. Rather, the lawsuit filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska challenges only the portion of Colorado’s law that legalized the commercialization of marijuana because those actions by Colorado have led to an influx of illegal drugs entering surrounding states like Oklahoma in violation of our state laws.”
The proclaimed increase in illegal drug activity was dismissed by Oklahoma Rep. Mike Ritze who said, “We’re searching for a non-problem. I’m looking at data, and it’s not there.”
The protest came just days after other Oklahoma lawmakers issued their disapproval of the Attorney General’s lawsuit. Ritze who loudly opposes AG Pruitt said, “If the people of Colorado want to end prohibition of marijuana, while I may personally disagree with the decision, constitutionally speaking, they are entitled to do so.”