Colorado residents suing to halt recreational marijuana sales – The Cannabist
Published: Feb 19, 2015, 11:58 am By Ricardo Baca, The Cannabist Staff Two federal lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Colorado on Thursday morning against the state’s politicians, public servants and businesses aim to “end the sale of recreational marijuana in this state,” according to attorney David H. Thompson, who represents the plaintiffs in both cases.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is among the defendants named in the lawsuits, which focus on property owners’ rights under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (aka RICO), a federal statute meant to eliminate “the infiltration of organized crime and racketeering into legitimate organizations operating in interstate commerce,” according to the Justice Department.
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Both suits were filed by common plaintiff Safe Streets Alliance, a Washington D.C.-based group opposed to the legalization of marijuana. Like a similar lawsuit proposed by neighboring states Nebraska and Oklahoma, these actions also look at the Supremacy Clause, which argues that Colorado’s regulations should be struck down because they conflict with federal law.
But at a news conference at the Colorado state capitol on Thursday morning, University of Denver law professor Sam Kamin said he thinks it will be tough to prove to a federal court that striking down the laws will lead to a better situation.
“That leaves them in a much worse place than under the status quo,” Kamin said.
In one lawsuit, plaintiffs Hope and Michael Reilly claim the construction of Rocky Mountain Organics’ recreational marijuana cultivation facility at 6480 Pickney Road in Rye “interferes” with their views and plans to build a home and work space on their 105 acres of Pueblo County land.
“From our property you can see the Green Horn Valley, Pikes Peak to the north and the Spanish Peaks to the south,” Hope Reilly wrote in a statement released Thursday. “We bought our land in part for those spectacular views, but now they are marred by the sight of an illegal … – Click Here To Visit Article Source