US OK: Marijuana Suit Sees Opposition
Tulsa World, 06 Jan 2015 - Some Oklahoma Legislators Are Against the AG's Decision to Join a Lawsuit Against Colorado. OKLAHOMA CITY - Some Oklahoma lawmakers disagree with Attorney General Scott Pruitt's decision to file suit over Colorado's legalization of marijuana.
US OK: Pot Lawsuit Draws Opposition
The Oklahoman, 06 Jan 2015 - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a vocal proponent of states' rights, drew criticism Monday from fellow Republicans who oppose his attempt to have the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Colorado's marijuana legalization law. State Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, and six other GOP lawmakers sent a letter to Pruitt criticizing his decision to join Nebraska in asking the high court to invalidate Colorado voters' 2012 determination to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
US OK: PUB LTE: Pot Probe Warranted
The Oklahoman, 04 Jan 2015 - Although under federal law marijuana is a drug with no medical use and doctors can't prescribe it, 23 states and Washington, D.C., allow marijuana use for some medical conditions. In addition, Washington State and Colorado legalized recreational marijuana. Interstate travel by dealers and "drug tourists" increased the availability of marijuana in other states. Forty states reported seizure of Colorado medical and/or recreational marijuana. This caused serious problems in neighboring Oklahoma and Nebraska, which are suing Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking relief for this situation. The U.S. Justice Department ignores this problem. The federal government announcement that it will allow American Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana may escalate this problem. The amounts allowed to be grown, and whether it can be taken out of the reservations, need clarification. Although many tribes are inclined to avoid marijuana as a source of income, about a dozen Nebraska tribes are evaluating a legal framework for the marijuana business.
US OK: OPED: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
Tulsa World, 26 Dec 2014 - Last week, Oklahoma and Nebraska sued Colorado over actions Colorado has taken that have resulted in the trafficking of illegal drugs into Oklahoma and Nebraska. We didn't take this action lightly. As you know, I have been an ardent defender of Oklahoma's ability to determine its own policies and laws, free from undue federal intrusion. But that isn't to say that there is no place for federal law. Of course there is - that is precisely why our Founders came together in 1789 to draft a constitution. My battles have been against federal actions that exceed the powers our Founders granted to the federal government in the constitution.
US OK: PUB LTE: Legal Pot Market
Tulsa World, 26 Dec 2014 - Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit against Colorado's marijuana law. The concern seems to be that marijuana from Colorado is coming to Oklahoma. That concerns me too. What can we do to reduce Colorado's market share? In fact, what can we do to reduce the market share for all imported and black market marijuana in Oklahoma? How can we keep the profits here and generate tax money to help Oklahoma?
US OK: Colorado Pot Challenge 'Ridiculous,' Tulsan Says
Tulsa World, 24 Dec 2014 - A leader of efforts to revise Oklahoma's marijuana laws says Attorney General Scott Pruitt's attempt to stop legal retail sales in Colorado is "ridiculous" and mischaracterizes that state's cannabis industry. Chip Paul, a Tulsa business owner and leader of Oklahomans for Health, said it would be impossible to accumulate more than a small quantity of marijuana through legal purchases in Colorado, and that licensed growers have too much at stake to sell on the black market.
US OK: Marijuana Trade Could Snag In Oklahoma's Tribal
The Ada Evening News, 21 Dec 2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY - Despite getting the federal government's go-ahead to grow and sell marijuana, local tribes are showing little interest in expanding into the trade. If they did, says one expert in Native American affairs, it would raise a tangle of questions involving tribal and state law that are unique to Oklahoma.
US OK: Officials: Colorado Pot Hits In State
Tulsa World, 21 Dec 2014 - Large Amounts of the Stronger Marijuana Are Arriving, Officials Say. Legal retail sales of marijuana in Colorado have had a definite if indirect impact on Oklahoma law enforcement agencies, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Board of Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Control said.
US OK: Oklahoma Seeks To Snuff Out Colorado Marijuana Sales
The Oklahoman, 19 Dec 2014 - Oklahoma on Thursday joined with Nebraska in filing a lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to deem Colorado's recreational marijuana law unconstitutional. The states argue that Colorado's Amendment 64 runs counter to federal law, has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system and places an undue burden on neighboring states that have seen an increase in the amount of Colorado marijuana flooding across their borders.