Two states join Colorado as it defends its marijuana law against suit
Washington and Oregon on Friday joined Colorado in defending its recreational marijuana law against a suit brought by two of its neighboring states.
In a filing, Colorado asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the lawsuit — filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma — arguing that it makes a “dangerous use” of legal argument that would leave marijuana legalization in place but largely strip the state of its power to regulate the new industry.
“My office remains committed to defending Colorado’s law,” Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said in a statement. “At the same time, I share our border states’ concerns regarding illegal marijuana activity, and my office, as well as our partner state and local law enforcement agencies, are committed to stopping marijuana diversion. This lawsuit, however, even if successful, won’t fix America’s national drug policy — at least not without leadership from Washington, D.C., which remains noticeably absent.”
In their December lawsuit, the two states argue that Colorado’s recreational marijuana law violates the supremacy clause of the Constitution, which states that federal laws takes precedence over state law, and asked the Supreme Court to intervene. Among the arguments made, Oklahoma and Nebraska suggest that Colorado’s regulation of the industry violated the federal Controlled Substances Act, according to the filing:
Colorado’s commercial marijuana scheme is preempted by the CSA, and is thus null and void. The continued operation of Colorado’s scheme, despite its nullity, harms not just the Plaintiff States, but also the dozens of other States who have seen Colorado-grown marijuana cross into their borders despite state and federal law to the contrary.
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Tafts would own marijuana farm
Two scions of the city's storied Taft family have invested in the Butler County property that would serve as one of the 10 marijuana-producing farms should voters legalize marijuana in November.
Brothers Woody Taft, a private equity investor, and Dudley Taft Jr., a noted local musician, expressed support Wednesday for the ResponsibleOhio ballot initiative for a constitutional amendment. The language would allow adults over 21 to use marijuana and children, with parental consent, to get medical cannabis to treat illness.
Under the initiative, adults over 21 also would be able to obtain a license to grow up to four marijuana plants for their personal use, but not for sale.
In a statement issued through ResponsibleOhio, Woody Taft said: "I love this state, and I care deeply about our economic and social well-being.Our current laws are archaic and cruel to the people in Ohio who need medical marijuana. The Ohio I know is more compassionate than that."
The brothers are the great-great-grandnephews of President William Howard Taft. They are cousins to Sen. Robert A. Taft Jr. of Ohio and former Ohio Gov. Robert A. Taft III.
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