In America, anyone can file a lawsuit. It doesn't mean that the lawsuit will go anywhere, but people or entities have the right to try, no matter how frivolous the lawsuit is. We are seeing that play out in Colorado right now. Recently, Oklahoma and Nebraska came out with a lawsuit in Colorado, arguing that marijuana from Colorado is wreaking havoc in surrounding states. As many activists have stated, Colorado doesn't have a marijuana problem, Oklahoma and Nebraska have a prohibition problem.
While I don't think that lawsuit will go anywhere, two more lawsuits were filed in court yesterday that have even less merit. One of the lawsuits was filed by two Colorado citizens. The lawsuit states that Rocky Mountain Organics in Pueblo County 'interferes' with their views of nature and is going to interfere with their plans to build a house on their 105 acre spread. Per The Cannabist:
"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 drug conspiracy at our doorstep.
"The impact of this on our property is devastating."
The lawsuit lists the business, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Department of Revenue Executive Director Barbara Brohl, Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division Director Lewis Koski and the Pueblo County Commission. I'd love to know what damages these people think have occurred. They don't like the sight of a legal business near their home. Big whoop. I don't see that lawsuit going anywhere.
The second lawsuit filed yesterday was by a Holiday Inn hotel in Frisco. A marijuana store and cultivation facility are opening near the hotel, and the hotel owner is claiming that such a business will hurt business by discouraging customers from staying at the hotel, and therefore marijuana legalization needs to be completely overturned in Colorado altogether...I wonder how many places sell alcohol near the hotel? Both of the lawsuits involve plaintiffs that are members of 'Safe Streets' which is an organization based in Washington D.C.. To put in perspective how great of an organization they are, consider the fact that they don't even know how to spell marijuana. Below is a screen shot of their petition protesting 'marajuana':
It's going to be hard to convince people that you know what's best when it comes to marijuana policy when you can't even spell the word correctly. Both of these lawsuits are just a political stunt at best.