Border states sue Colorado over influx of pot

Border states sue Colorado over influx of pot

In December, the attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit to stop what they say is a steady flow of marijuana across the Colorado state line. Kansas is considering joining as well.

The suit, filed directly to the U.S. Supreme Court, seeks to strike down Colorado’s law legalizing recreational marijuana. It argues that Colorado’s statute conflicts with federal drug laws, which consider marijuana illegal, even in small amounts. …

Shortly after the new law took effect, the U.S. Justice Department outlined its enforcement priorities, saying it would not interfere with Colorado’s legal pot operations but would instead focus on, among other things, preventing marijuana from crossing state lines.

Oklahoma’s Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs said it had seen more “high-potency” marijuana arriving from its neighbor. …

“Whether it’s people driving to Colorado and bringing it back, or mailing it through the Postal Service, it’s getting here,” he said. “This is marijuana with very high concentrations of THC, very strong stuff.”

Some police in Colorado agree it’s not difficult to get marijuana across state lines. “People can buy legal marijuana, take it out of its packaging, put it in a plastic bag, and there’s no telling if it’s legal or where it came from,” said Marc Vasquez, the Erie, Colo., police chief.

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