Two lawsuits have been filed by Colorado residents asking for federal action to close the recreational marijuana market. This is the first in state legal action seeking to oppose the legalization of marijuana.
The two lawsuits were filed by owners of a horse farm and owners of a Holiday Inn with tacit support from anti-marijuana group Safe Streets. The aggrieved parties alleged that the marijuana industry is a clear violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The plaintiff further said that the proximity of recreational marijuana businesses is damaging their property due to the “offensive smell” and also driving away the legitimate businesses customers.
In response to the lawsuit, the Marijuana Policy Project posted on Facebook urged supporters to boycott the hotel brand.
The legal use as well as the sale of marijuana for medical and recreational purpose has become a hotly debated political issue in the US with numerous states contemplating legalizing initiatives.
In December Oklahoma and Nebraska had initiated a lawsuit against Colorado over the new marijuana market. Voters of Alaska, Oregon and Washington DC voted to legalize recreational marijuana. The Pennsylvania State Senate in September gave its consent to a legislation which would legalize recreational marijuana. A new legislation was signed by the Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in July to allow children and adult suffering from seizures access to medical marijuana. The Maryland House of Representatives in July passed a bill which would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
This has led to a serious debate- The legal marijuana experiment in two states, has it really worked? Polls suggest that majority of Americans support legal pot and in the coming year as many as 5 states will legalize recreational marijuana. It is a year since the first recreational pot shop has opened up in Colorado and most experts feel that there has not been any change which is discernable or as the adage goes “the sky is not falling”.
Most Coloradans will tell you that they could not make out any difference between the commercialized medical system which was already in place since 2009 and the new legalized recreational system. However there are a wide range of opinions about how America’s foray into marijuana legalization has worked out. As for now everyone will be awaiting the judgment in the two lawsuits which has been filed by the two Colorado citizens.