Nebraska and Oklahoma have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to close a “dangerous gap” in federal drug enforcement by making marijuana illegal again in Colorado, the Omaha World-Herald reports. Attorneys General Jon Bruning of Nebraska and Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma took the extraordinary step of suing another state when they asked the Supreme Court yesterday to settle an important question: How can Colorado circumvent federal law that bans the cultivation, trafficking and possession of marijuana?
The lawsuit will be closely watched by groups with interest in law enforcement, drug legalization and states' rights, who say the case marks the first time the justices have been petitioned to directly decide a marijuana dispute between bordering states. Bruning said Colorado's voter-approved pot laws violate the U.S. Constitution, which says the federal government decides which drugs are legal and which are illicit. When the highly potent pot grown and sold in Colorado rolls across the border, Nebraska's criminal justice system feels the effect. “This contraband has been heavily trafficked into our state,” Bruning said. “While Colorado reaps millions from the production and sale of pot, Nebraska taxpayers have to bear the cost.”