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  • Nebraska, Oklahoma File Federal Suit Against Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

    The states of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, claiming that Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana is unconstitutional under federal law.

    "Federal law undisputedly prohibits the production and sale of marijuana," Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said Thursday in a statement. "Colorado has undermined the United States Constitution, and I hope the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold our constitutional principles."

    But Colorado Attorney General John Suthers isn't backing down. In a statement, he said he intends to defend the state's marijuana laws.
    Because neighboring states have expressed concern about Colorado-grown marijuana coming into their states, we are not entirely surprised by this action," Suthers said. "However, it appears the plaintiffs’ primary grievance stems from non-enforcement of federal laws regarding marijuana, as opposed to choices made by the voters of Colorado. We believe this suit is without merit and we will vigorously defend against it in the U.S. Supreme Court.”

    Bruning, along with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, argue that under the U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause, Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana is unconstitutional because marijuana remains illegal under federal law. The clause states that in general, federal law takes precedence over state law.

    "The illegal products being distributed in Colorado are being trafficked across state lines thereby injuring neighboring states like Oklahoma and Nebraska," Pruitt said in a statement.

    The regulation of recreational marijuana -- as seen in programs currently in place in Colorado and Washington state, as well as those that will soon go into effect in Oregon and Alaska -- remains illegal under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act. The states that have legalized marijuana or softened penalties for possession have only been able to do so because of federal guidance urging federal prosecutors to refrain from targeting state-legal marijuana operations.

    Colorado voters approved Amendment 64, legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, in 2012. The first retail marijuana shops opened their doors on New Years Day 2014. To date, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Four states have legalized recreational marijuana, along with voters in D.C. -- though the D.C. measure is the subject of a congressional Republican effort to block its implementation.

    With a majority of Americans now supporting marijuana legalization, and with states continuing to pass legalization laws, it seems unlikely that the federal government would push back against the legalizations. But it's not impossible. If the Supreme Court were to rule in favor of Nebraska and Oklahoma, all state marijuana laws, in any form, could be in jeopardy of being unraveled.

    Harvard economist Jeff Miron, a vocal supporter of marijuana policy reform, highlighted the precarious nature of state marijuana laws in a November op-ed for CNN, saying that Congress needs to act now on federal marijuana policy.

    "Despite the compelling case for legalization, and progress toward legalization at the state level, ultimate success is not assured," Miron wrote. "Federal law still prohibits marijuana, and existing jurisprudence (Gonzales v. Raich 2005) holds that federal law trumps state law when it comes to marijuana prohibition. So far, the federal government has mostly taken a hands-off approach to state medicalizations and legalizations, but in January 2017, the country will have a new president. That person could order the attorney general to enforce federal prohibition regardless of state law."

    Kevin Sabet, president of anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, applauded the action by Nebraska and Oklahoma.

    "We support this action by the attorneys general of Oklahoma and Nebraska because Colorado's decisions regarding marijuana are not without consequences to neighboring states, and indeed all Americans," Sabet said. "The legalization of marijuana is clearly in violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act and is not implemented in a vacuum."

    Mason Tvert, communications director for Marijuana Policy Project, told The Huffington Post that MPP agrees with Suthers' opinion that the suit is "without merit."

    "Nebraska officials are acting like bullies, and they have no business trying to dictate Colorado's marijuana laws," Tvert said to HuffPost. "They are wasting their taxpayers’ dollars by filing this suit and forcing Coloradans to pick up the bill for defending our state against it. Colorado's top law enforcement officials have better things to do and you’d think Nebraska’s would, as well. These guys are on the wrong side of history."

    Marijuana Industry Group's Mike Elliott echoed Tvert's sentiments, adding that despite the multi-decade federal war on drugs, marijuana remains "universally available" -- including in Nebraska and Oklahoma.

    "If Nebraska and Oklahoma succeed, they will put the violent criminal organizations back in charge," Elliott said.

    Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), a vocal supporter of drug policy reform who has sponsored multiple bills seeking protection for state-legal marijuana businesses and advocated full-scale federal legalization of the drug, told HuffPost that Nebraska and Oklahoma attempting to overturn the will of Colorado's voters is "outrageous."

    “Our federalist system is based on individual states being able to enact policies that benefit their citizens, without the interference of other states," Polis said.

    What the fuck they hating for???
  • Niggas Vs. Black People

    If you wanna admit or not the battle lines have been drawn, ever since our ancestors have set foot on this soil. Today, right now we are in the midst of the remnants of centuries of racial divide and overall obscurity. All I ever hear is we need to unite as a people before we can achieve anything in this country. Thoughts like this make me harken back to comedy routine Chris Rock dropped back in 97. His nigga vs black diatribe was spot on in a way that his social commentary always is.

    You heard it before, how do we deal with this problem? Let me be clear ignorance isn't a racial issue, but we do have people that are ignorant, ratchet, just plain unfuckwittable. Can these people be down for the cause, can they be rehabilitated? In your opinion would they have a place in a perfect black world? This is a complicated question that we must address if real changes are to be made. So what's your stance?
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  • Re: Grand Jury’s Decision on Eric Garner Case Imminent.. Update: No Indictment.. SMDH...

    Look all homies was saying if we stopped killing each other that would make a statement, I know we are talking about the war that has been waged on us by cops and more over the underlying white supremacy undertones but doesn't mean we have to be myopic. Having said that Black on black crime is merely a symptom of the pervasive sickness of the country we live in.
  • Re: Coon Barkley on Racial Profiling:'We got a lot of crooks.there is a reason they racially profile us'

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    I feel like this, Jesse Jackson, Barkley, Don Lemon, Al Sharpton and many others are not viewed as leaders or exemplary people in the black community and white people know this. But it is the white media who regardless of knowing it parade these people around on tv as leaders and examples of the black community for all to see.

    There is a reason why white people always bring up Al and Jesse when talking about what black leaders are NOT doing. Cause that is who white media has portrayed to america as to who our so called black leaders are when that is not true.

    That shit nothing but a tactic to keep black people divided cause most black people get mad at Al and Jesse on some they not our black leaders shit and they right. What Al and those people need to do is invite others to share that stage who are more in line with the thinking of todays youth so real messages can get out to the people. But they won't do that cause they about the checks white cutting them
    Cosign. I think Al & Jesse are both agents for the government. Whenever an injustice happens, send Al over to hold hands & protest (while singing negro spirituals). They want blacks to feel comfortable knowing Al & Jesse sympathize with us. But at the end of the day, them niggaz ain't about action. As soon as riots start they disappear. I'd like to see a more militant approach

    They are race hustlers it's pretty clear at this point.
  • Re: Police gun down 17 year old unarmed black teen. (Update) Darren Wilson Not Indicted

    Bitchboy Obama bout to speak pfft