Attorney General Jon Bruning says Nebraska wants Colorado’s move to legalize marijuana overturned.
“Today, Nebraska was joined by Oklahoma and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt in filing an original action in United States Supreme Court, seeking a declaration that Colorado’s marijuana legalization process violates the United States Constitution,” Bruning said during a news conference in his Capitol office.
The lawsuit contends Colorado’s legalization of marijuana violates the Controlled Substance Act adopted by Congress in 1970 and the Constitution declares federal law trumps state law. Both Nebraska and Oklahoma claim the Colorado marijuana law has increased the trafficking of the drug in neighboring states, causing an unnecessary burden on the states.
The Attorney General said Colorado has created a system that legalizes, promotes, and facilitates distribution of marijuana. Bruning added legalizing marijuana in Colorado has led to increased illegal trafficking of marijuana in Nebraska, which he said is being most felt by county law enforcement in Nebraska’s Panhandle.
AUDIO: Attorney General Jon Bruning announces lawsuit against Colorado marijuana law. [5:30]