UPDATE, FEB. 19 1 p.m.: This post has been updated to reflect further details from the lawsuits, which were posted on Safe Streets’ website on Thursday.
Colorado is getting slapped with more lawsuits over its decision to legalize marijuana.
Two months ago, Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a complaint with the Supreme Court, arguing that Colorado’s regulations violate the U.S. Constitution. Now, Safe Streets Alliance, an anti-crime group led by a Reagan-administration veteran, is bringing forward two more suits in federal court.
Safe Streets Chairman James Wootton, who according to his Web site biography served in in the Reagan Justice Department, had already thrown his support behind the Oklahoma and Nebraska lawsuit this month.
“The president has both the moral and constitutional obligation to stop this failed experiment by enforcing federal laws which prohibit the legalization of pot,” he said at the time, while also unveiling a national petition to ask President Obama to do as much.
The lawsuits echo that claim. In one, Safe Streets and Colorado property owners Phillis Windy Hope Reilly and Michael P. Reilly are suing a handful of marijuana industry participants under federal racketeering laws and state and local officials under the charge that they are violating the constitution’s supremacy clause by not enforcing federal law. The suit from Oklahoma and Nebraska similarly argued that latter point.
In the other suit, Safe Streets joined with New Vision Hotels Two, LLC, which owns the Holiday Inn in Frisco, Colorado to sue a handful of members of the marijuana industry on racketeering charges. New vision “is suffering injuries to its business and property caused by the operations of Summit Marijuana, a state-licensed recreational marijuana store that plans to open less than 75 yards from the front entrance of New Vision’s hotel,” they write in their suit.
Legalization advocates preempted the unveiling of the Safe Streets suits on Thursday with their own planned press conference, suggesting in a statement that they have little faith the suits will succeed.