OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Attorney General Scott Pruitt argued in a brief filed Wednesday at the U.S. Supreme Court that the Court should consider the question of whether Colorado’s creation of a recreational marijuana market violates federal law.
The brief was in response to the Obama Administration’s arguments that, even if Colorado’s marijuana enterprise violates the federal Controlled Substances Act, and even if thousands of pounds of its drugs are being exported to other states, the U.S. Supreme Court should ignore the case.
The states of Oklahoma and Nebraska are seeking permission from the U.S. Supreme Court to sue Colorado for the harm caused by the influx of marijuana as a result of Colorado’s commercialization and trafficking of the illegal drug.
In its reply brief, Oklahoma notes that Colorado oversees, protects, and profits from a $100-million-per-month marijuana regulatory scheme that exported at least two tons of marijuana to 36 states in 2014.
“The state of Colorado would be prosecuted as a drug cartel if it were based south of the border. The Obama administration has failed to enforce federal law, and that neglect has allowed Oklahoma and Nebraska to suffer harm from Colorado’s marijuana trafficking. This lawsuit is not about whether states are required to criminalize marijuana or enforce federal law. Instead, this litigation is the last resort of Oklahoma and Nebraska – made necessary by the Obama administration’s neglect – to stop the flow of Colorado marijuana into our states,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.Follow @FortySixNews