Colorado Asks Supreme Court To Toss Out Challenge To Legal Marijuana

(DailyCaller) Colorado replied Friday to the lawsuit Nebraska and Oklahoma filed last year against the state’s legal marijuana. Oregon and Washington joined in, filing a joint brief in support of Colorado.

“My office remains committed to defending Colorado’s law,” Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman said in a press release. “At the same time, I share our border states’ concerns regarding illegal marijuana activity, and my office, as well as our partner state and local law enforcement agencies, are committed to stopping marijuana diversion. This lawsuit, however, even if successful, won’t fix America’s national drug policy—at least not without leadership from Washington, D.C., which remains noticeably absent.”

The two states are not objecting to medical marijuana, but rather legal marijuana.

Coffman is asking for the Supreme Court to toss out the suit. The argument from officials in Nebraska and Oklahoma has been that marijuana continues to leak into their states, causing a spat of marijuana-related arrests and an increase in enforcement costs. Felony drug arrests in the south of Nebraskahave jumped by 400 percent.

For lawyers representing those two states, this arrangement is not only unacceptable, but Colorado’s Amendment 64 violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Nebraska and Oklahoma want Amendment 64 struck down.

Nebraska Farmer Makes Room Full Of Fracking Supporters Go Silent With Just A Glass Of Water (VIDEO)

Nebraska Farmer Makes Room Full Of Fracking Supporters Go Silent With Just A Glass Of Water (VIDEO)

Sometimes all the talk in the world can’t prepare you for cold, hard reality. At a Nebraska Oil & Gas Conservation committee hearing, a room full of fracking supporters were left in utter silence when a farmer brought in three cups of fracking water and offered each of them to take a sip.

It’s a brilliant visual reminder that what’s at stake when we talk about the dangers of fracking…

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clouds over the southwest, photographed by goes-15, 19th march 2015.

10 images over 2 and a half hours.

top: oklahoma panhandle, surrounded by parts of texas, new mexico, colorado, and kansas.

bottom: east oklahoma, surrounded by kansas, missouri, and arkansas. nebraska is at top left.

image credit: noaa/nasa. animation: ageofdestruction.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon has ruled that Nebraska’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Same-sex couples should be able to begin legally marrying on March 9.

"[A]ll relevant state officials are ordered to treat same-sex couples the same as different sex couples in the context of processing a marriage license or determining the rights, protections, obligations or benefits of marriage," he wrote in the order.

The Nebraska attorney general’s office has already said it will appeal the judge’s order.Attorney General Doug Peterson is confident the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals will grant the appeal.

Bataillon has struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage before; in 2005, the judge ruled the ban unconstitutional, but the Eight Circuit reversed his decision in July 2006.

Another one bites the dust! And in Nebraska, no less!