A cabal of pot-haters has emerged in Colorado in a feeble attempt to sever the pulse of legalized marijuana in the United States. On Thursday, the Safe Streets Alliance, an cut-rate organization overseen by a former crony of the Reagan Administration, filed a federal lawsuit which argues that Colorado’s legal weed is a violation of racketeering laws and should be terminated.
The lawsuit comes just two months after neighboring states Oklahoma and Nebraska raised hell in the Supreme Court over Colorado’s one-year-old cannabis market being a direct infringement of the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Safe Streets, a national coalition supposedly acting “to reduce violent crime in America,” is going for the throats of several leading officials in Colorado, as well as members of the state’s retail pot market for participating in organized crime.
The complaint issued by this lynch mob of democracy alleges that, “state and local officials in Colorado are violating federal law by promoting the commercialization of marijuana. Safe Streets is asking the federal courts to order Colorado officials to comply with federal law and stop issuing state licenses to deal illegal drugs,” according to a statement.
In an effort to give their case a backbone, Safe Streets is calling for testimony from individuals and businesses that believe they have been terrorized by the passing of laws permitting the existence of the Colorado cannabis industry. “Safe Streets hopes that its use of the federal racketeering laws will serve as a model for other business and property owners who have been injured by the rise of the commercial marijuana industry.” The idea is to overthrow the passing of Amendment 64 and collect damages for anyone suffering a loss as a result of this blatant disregard for federal statutes.
However, while public policy experts claim this is a unique approach to combating drug reform, Safe Streets is setting themselves up for failure because they are essentially lobbying for a return of black market shenanigans. “I doubt this lawsuit will be successful but, if it is, its primary effect will be to push marijuana back into the hands of the cartel- and gang-controlled black market,” Tom Angell, with Marijuana Majority, told The Washington Post.
Mason Tvert, Director of Communications at the Marijuana Policy Project, agrees with Angell, arguing that it goes against common sense to put an end to a law that would put hundreds of millions of dollars back into the hands of dangerous, illegal controllers. “It’s hard to imagine why anyone would prefer marijuana be controlled by criminals instead of by tightly regulated businesses,” Tvert told Reuters. “If drug cartels relied on litigation instead of violence, this is the lawsuit they would file.”