Oklahoma Republicans Want To Snuff Out Their State’s Lawsuit Over Colorado Marijuana

OKLAHOMA:  Several Oklahoma lawmakers are calling for state Attorney General Scott Pruitt to drop his lawsuit against Colorado over its legalization of recreational marijuana, arguing that it’s the “wrong way to deal with the issue.”

In a letter sent to Pruitt’s office last week, seven Republican state lawmakers, led by state Rep. Mike Ritze, expressed their concern that the case could significantly undermine states’ rights, including Oklahoma’s.

The lawsuit, titled States of Nebraska and Oklahoma v. State of Colorado, was filed in December by Pruitt and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning. They contend that newly legal marijuana from neighbor Colorado is being illegally trafficked across their borders and that they’re seeking to protect the health and safety of their states’ residents. They argue that under the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause, Colorado’s decision to legalize and regulate the sale of recreational marijuana cannot stand so long as cannabis remains illegal under federal law.

The supremacy clause defines the Constitution, federal laws and treaties as “the supreme law of the land.” It has been interpreted to mean that federal laws generally supersede state laws, although there are limits depending on the subject matter of the laws and how they’re written.