Robert Grandt works in the grow room at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver on March 11, 2015. (RJ Sangosti. Denver Post file)Arguing that two neighboring states are dangerously meddling with Colorado’s marijuana laws, state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a landmark lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma over marijuana legalization.In a brief submitted in response to the lawsuit, Coffman wrote that Nebraska and Oklahoma “filed this case in an attempt to reach across their borders and selectively invalidate state laws with which they disagree.”The two states’ lawsuit seeks to strike down Colorado’s licensing of recreational marijuana stores. Nebraska and Oklahoma officials argue that the stores have caused a flood of marijuana into their states, stretching their law enforcement agencies thin and threatening their sovereignty.But Coffman argued the lawsuit, if successful, would only worsen problems involving black-market marijuana in all three states. Colorado’s regulations for marijuana stores, “are designed to channel demand away from this black market and into a licensed and closely monitored retail system,” she wrote.If the stores are closed down, Colorado would be left with laws that legalize marijuana use but do not regulate its supply.”This is a recipe for more cross-border trafficking, not less,” Coffman wrote.Friday’s brief is the first time Colorado officials have had to make a full-throated argument in favor of the state’s marijuana legalization laws. In doing so, the brief spends several pages noting states’ lengthy history of trying to regulate marijuana, “a product whose use is staggeringly widespread.” Nearly half of all states now have laws legalizing recreational or medical use of marijuana, the brief states.In addition to Coffman, Colorado’s solicitor general and four other lawyers at the attorney general’s office are listed as authors of the brief.Nebraska and Oklahoma filed their lawsuit directly with the Supreme Court because it involves a dispute between states. Before it gets a hearing, the nation’s highest court must first decide whether to even take up the case. There is no timeline for the decision.The lawsuit does not challenge Colorado’s … – Click Here To Visit Article Source