Another pair of lawsuits have been filed against the state of Colorado for the legalization of marijuana, this time coming from groups within the state. The lawsuits, filed on Feb. 19, argue that since the drug is still illegal at the federal level, people in Colorado shouldn’t have the right to use it. The lawsuits join another filed by the states of Oklahoma (the state who wants to rewrite history and disallow people with STDs from marrying) and Nebraska.
One of the plaintiffs in the case is a wealthy couple who owns a 105 acre horse ranch in western Colorado. They go there on weekends to do rich people things, like ride horses and not have to deal with what they consider a bad smell from neighboring properties. They refer to marijuana as “racketeering” and believe that having legal marijuana exposes them to a greater risk of crime.
Neverminding the fact that horses have a far worse smell than marijuana, having been a major health crisis in the past, the rights of the pair end at the edge of their land. Perhaps their neighbors should file a lawsuit claiming that horseriding is offensive to them because of the damage it does to the environment and that they don’t want to see horses used in such a manner. Of course, this likely won’t happen because it’s nearly as absurd as the lawsuit against marijuana.
Marijuana legalization in Colorado has been a major boon to the state. Crime rates are down, a major economic boom has erupted around it, and the state is reaping the benefits in the form of tax dollars. But there are still some who think that they should dictate what others do with their property and bodies, whether or not it actually affects them.
Another plaintiff is a hotel owner in Frisco that hosts skiers who fears a shop opening 75 yards away. They worry that their guests might partake in the drug, thus harming them…somehow? They aren’t really very specific about that, only that they want to protect the children. And what could be more harmful to children than allowing adults to buy marijuana. Oh, by the way, there is a bar located in the hotel that serves alcohol, but that’s probably okay.
The reality of the lawsuits is that they are being backed by a Washington D.C. based neo-prohibitionist group that seeks to keep all forms of marijuana illegal. Presumably, they want to continue to see lives ruined and people jailed for the simple crime of using a little pot, rather than to keep it regulated and safe for adults.
In all likelihood the lawsuits will probably go nowhere, as no one has been able to document any actual damage. In fact, a return to the days before prohibition ended would lead to the same problems we have seen over the last 70 or so years, where only gangs, cartels, and criminals could benefit from the drug, rather than legitimate businesses, medical patients, and average citizens. Marijuana prohibition is ending in this country, and it’s only a matter of time before puritanical lawsuits like this are completely laughed out of court.