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Colorado Residents File Lawsuit to Block Legal Marijuana

February 20, 2015  | 

Colorado already is being sued by two neighboring states for legalizing marijuana. Now, the state faces groundbreaking lawsuits from its own residents, who are asking a federal judge to order the new recreational industry to close, reports the Associated Press.

The owners of a mountain hotel and a southern Colorado horse farm argue in a pair of lawsuits filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver that the 2012 marijuana-legalization measure has hurt their property and that the marijuana industry is stinky and attracts unsavory visitors.

The lawsuits are the first in a state that has legalized recreational or medical marijuana in which its own residents are appealing to the federal government to block pot laws.

The lawsuits are also the first to claim that federal racketeering laws allow them to win damages from pot businesses that flout federal law. The plaintiffs have not specified amounts they would seek.

Experts say the racketeering approach is a new one.

Comments (4)

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James @ 2/20/2015 10:11 PM

If you don't care about your liberty get the F out of our state.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/21/2015 10:34 AM

I have to agree with these folks but not because pot was originally illegal. I am deathly allergic to THC, something I discovered over 30 years ago when I became an evidence officer and had a severe reaction to the marihuana resin oil on the plants. Thankfully, I never tried pot in my life or my first experience would have been my last.

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD(RET) @ 2/23/2015 4:07 PM

James if you mean liberty to smoke a dangerous drug yeah get the heck out of the United States. Drugs is killing this country so you make the choice obey the Federal Law or face the consequences which you obviously have never done. I have been a Federal Officer for 15 years and have seen what the drugs do to our veterans. Granted it's a choice but you can't have the cake and eat it too.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/25/2015 6:21 AM

All drugs are bad even the so called legal ones when abused. I have never smoked anything myself but Tobacco (which is 100% Federally Legal) is a much bigger killer to it's users and by-standers than marihuana could ever be. In Federal Law, Marihuana is not completely illegal, there is still a federal statute established by the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act that allows the import of marihuana into the USA as long as a $100 per ounce tax is paid: Section 3229 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (U. S. Code (1934 ed.), title 26, sec. 1661). So I guess some people can have their cake and eat it too.

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