Law & Politics

Oklahoma and Nebraska Time to Get on the Right Side of History, Source: http://usatunofficial.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/screen-shot-2014-06-12-at-5-13-08-pm.png?w=1200Well, it was only going to be a matter of time before other states started to have a problem with Colorado’s progressive marijuana policy.

Last week, neighboring states Oklahoma and Nebraska officially filed suit against the state of Colorado and their laws allowing the cultivation and sale of marijuana for anyone over the age of 21. The Attorney Generals for both states filed a suit with the United States Supreme Court, claiming that the law has impacted their law enforcement’s ability to uphold the federal guidelines that continue to put marijuana in a class of drugs with heroin and cocaine.

I could easily continue on here about how Oklahoma and Nebraska are citing the Supremacy clause in the constitution that says that federal laws should supersede state laws, and that they are seeking that the feds step in after almost a year, but it’s a waste of time to write it and a waste of your time to read about it.

As a Colorado resident who is employed in the marijuana industry and who writes for this website, I can’t say that I’m not biased in this case. Of course I am on the side of Colorado, whose Attorney General has said that he will defend Amendment 64 and believes that this suit has no merit. Luckily, I also have the facts on my side and rapidly have history on it, as well.

Oklahoma and Nebraska: Time to Get on the Right Side of History, Source: http://www.motherjones.com/files/nebraska.gifAnd the facts are that only 7% of the considerable amount of marijuana sold at legal Colorado marijuana dispensaries were purchased by out-of-state residents; it is obviously inevitable that some of this was going to get out of Colorado and into the hands of people in other states that already use marijuana, despite the fact that it remains illegal in their state.

The state of Colorado has definitely done what they can to make sure that marijuana does not get into the hands of minors and other people who should not have access to the drug, but Colorado alone cannot be held responsible for the actions of everyone that comes through here to score some legal herb.

Colorado and Washington states might have been the first states to change the insanely outdated policies on marijuana, and as more and more states continue to move into the future with every election, the bottom line is that other states are going to need to move with them.

When you look at the overall trends, and see President Obama pardoning several non-violent drug offenders who have been jailed for years under arcane marijuana laws, and then notice that more and more states are starting to join Colorado, the complaints of the supposedly overworked police forces of states like Oklahoma and Nebraska read as just downright silly.

While the state-by-state approach to reforming marijuana policy will certainly lead to more conflicts like this with other bordering states, of the increasing number of states choosing sensible marijuana reform, it’s obvious which side needs to re-think their stance.

Instead of wasting their citizens’ tax dollars on enforcing the outdated laws, it’s high time (pun intended) that they focus their resources into something that is going to actually help people (like treatment for actual drug addicts and violent offenders, not busting tourists who bring back a joint or two on their ski vacation).

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StacyGrieshaber
StacyGrieshaber

Amen Deb. My Wife and 2 daughters have taken the leap and are moving to Colorado with taxes. Oklahoma law calls me a felon because of a plant. When you can go to one of the three methadone clinics and pay the state for opiates. I too am a recovering opiate addict. I have used marijuana for my rehabilitation as well as my therapy. My wife and i are responsible, law abiding citizens, other then our recreational use. She is a school teacher and I am a welder, both contributing and paying taxes. We find on a daily basis we have to look over our shoulder worried about the repercussions and I refuse to have my kids taken from me due to a plant. When will this refer madness end.

Deborah85
Deborah85

A full page about the prescription drug epidemic is in the Christmas edition of the Oklahoman.  The epidemic is blamed on the patients who are forced to take the addictive and potentially lethal medications. The blame is not on the patients or the physicians who write the prescriptions, but is a result of the ignorant and out dated marijuana laws in Oklahoma.  I want to file a lawsuit against Oklahoma for the accidental overdose of my 36 year old son on December 9, 2013 and for forcing me to become addicted to prescription medications due to my medical condition.  If my son and I had been allowed to use medical marijuana, a plant, rather than chemically created prescription medications, my son may still be alive and I would not be an addict.  Oklahoma needs to change their ignorance-based views on medical marijuana, spreading lies and misinformation . Persons in medical need should have other options. I am sick and tired of Mary Fallin and Mark Woodward's telling me and other Oklahomans to put our health and lives in danger. I  am a senior citizen. I don't need or want the Oklahoma Governor/OSBI telling what medications to put into my body to treat my medical condition.

VJGaylor
VJGaylor

Thank you for all your hard work.. Wish you all would come down here to Oklahoma and help us straighten these political idiots out!

annoyed1
annoyed1

Oklahoma and Nebraska are unintentionally accelerating legalization by showing the rest of us how ignorant and draconian their states are.