2 Sue Their Neighbor Over Pot: All 3 Are US States

Nebraska and Oklahoma aren't happy with Colorado
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2014 4:23 PM CST
2 Sue Their Neighbor Over Pot: All 3 Are US States
A woman observes inspects a marijuana plant with a magnifying glass.   (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

Nebraska and Oklahoma have had enough of their punk neighbor Colorado smoking weed. The attorneys general for both states asked the Supreme Court today to declare Colorado's rule legalizing marijuana null and void, reports the Denver Post and the Omaha World-Herald. Both say they've seen a spike in marijuana-related arrests in their own states as residents return from across the border, reports Vox, and they think that federal law should take precedence anyway.

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt: "Federal law undisputedly prohibits the production and sale of marijuana. Colorado has undermined the United States Constitution, and I hope the US Supreme Court will uphold our constitutional principles."

  • Colorado Attorney General John Suthers: “We believe this suit is without merit, and we will vigorously defend against it in the US Supreme Court."
  • Nebraska sheriff: "This stuff is illegal here, it’s coming here and it’s had an adverse effect on our citizens and way of life," says Scotts Bluff Sheriff Mark Overman. "Nebraska, from highest elected officials on down, should do something about it."
For the record, five other states border Colorado—Wyoming, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona—but they are seemingly fine with Colorado's law. (More marijuana legalization stories.)

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