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Oklahoma Republicans Step Up for State’s Marijuana Rights


oklahoma state capitol medical marijuana rallyRecently, Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against Colorado concerning legalized marijuana. According to Jon Bruning, the Attorney General for Nebraska, Colorado is at odds with federal law, which makes no exceptions for cannabis. Furthermore, since marijuana is still federally illegal, Colorado is at odds with our constitutional principles.

But Republican law makers are to the rescue in this regard! I know!? One would have never thought that a conservative would come to the side of cannabis reform in this kind of lawsuit, but Republican legislators say that it the wrong kind of action.

A group of seven legislators led by Representative Mike Ritze say that this kind of action is completely unconstitutional, and not in line with our nation’s tenth amendment: state’s rights. Yes! Finally! Because this is entirely a state’s rights issue.

When Colorado legalized marijuana essentially the state nullified the federal government’s ban, which is within Colorado’s constitutional rights. In the group’s letter to the Attorney General, they write:

 We think the best move at this point would be to quietly drop the action against Colorado, and if necessary, defend the state’s right to set its own policies, as we hope other states would defend our right to govern ourselves with constitutional confines.”

What a breath of fresh air. Good job, Oklahoma law makers.


About Author

John Knetemann currently attends South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he is a chapter leader for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. John has had a passion for drug policy reform since he was a senior in high school, and hasn’t looked back since. Along with his work in SSDP, he is a part of the North American Executive Board for Students For Liberty. You can find John on Twitter.